The 2008 camp began with shoulder soreness and put Bray behind enough that he began the season in Triple-A. He wound up pitching a career-best 63 games, however, in '08 before shoulder soreness held him back at the start of camp last year."That's why I'm glad we're in Arizona, a different place," Bray said. "I'm hoping to break that string. The past two or three springs [in Florida], it was my shoulder really bothering me and it was hard getting started. Once I got started and going, my shoulder would feel better." After last year's issue, the Reds' medical staff instructed Bray to keep throwing throughout the offseason to keep his arm stretched out. He did his rehab work at for much of the winter at the Reds' complex in Goodyear. And during the time in December when most pitchers weren't throwing, Bray threw a couple of times a week. "It seemed to help. It kept everything greased up and moving," he said. If a healthy Bray can keep moving forward, he might eventually be able to contribute to the Cincinnati bullpen. In his absence, it's become a lot more crowded with left-handers like Arthur Rhodes and Daniel Ray Herrera. With limited space, whether Bray starts the season in the Minors or the disabled list remains a question. "It's not something I'm worried about," Bray said. "It's cliché, but the only thing I can worry about is taking it day by day. My only goal for this spring is to be healthy. If I'm not healthy, I can't do anything."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.