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The Reds won’t be getting Bill Bray back this year

Sep 7, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

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Bill Bray, Cincinnati’s talented but often injured left-handed reliever, is being shut down and sent home for the rest of the season.

“He’s still on the DL,” pitching coach Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay. “He’s not going to be activated. He wasn’t going to pitch for us in September. He battled with a lot different stuff — his back, groin and knee. With the knee, he couldn’t run.”

Bray has pitched just 8 2/3 innings in between DL stints this year, walking 14 and allowing five runs. The Reds will probably non-tender him this winter rather than pay him another $1.5 million to be the third lefty in their pen next year.

A 2004 first-round pick of the Nationals, Bray has been with the Reds since mid-2006. He’s put in relatively full major league seasons just twice, but he was plenty good when he did. He had a 2.87 ERA in 63 appearances in 2008 and a 2.98 ERA in 48 1/3 innings last year.

  1. thatyankeedude - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Im sure they are real concerned because they are struggling sooooo much with what they have.

    • contraryguy - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      eh well Chapman blew a save tonight, so nobody’s perfect….

      metalhead is right though, Bray has not stayed healthy, and the Reds have younger options coming up. They called Cingrani up, who’s their lefty of the future; don’t think he’s pitched yet in the majors, but he is in the plans more than Bray is.

      I think Bray is the last remnant of that bizarre Jim Bowden trade which had 8 or 9 players in it.

  2. metalhead65 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    reds fans can only hope they non tender him,all he has done is been injured since he hoined the reds.

    • ruehlmann - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      If by “all” you mean “also supplied a decent number of pretty effective relief innings,” then sure.

      I’m pretty confident that if Bray had come to the Reds any other way than that Kearns/Lopez trade (for which Wayne Krivsky took all sorts of unjustified hell – Cincinnati ended up missing neither of those guys), Reds fans would’ve just shrugged & been grateful for what he was & what the team always said he’d be: a respectable middle reliever when healthy.

      • metalhead65 - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:54 AM

        the problem was he was never healthy long enough to help the team and when he was this year was just awful.

  3. dutchman45 - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    If it is a million and a half I would sign him up. Lefty pitchers are valuable.

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