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Back in camp, Masset ready to make first appearance

SCOTTSDLAE, Ariz. -- Rockies non-roster righty reliever Nick Masset, fresh from being at home in Florida for the birth of the couple's second daughter, is expected to make his Cactus League debut Thursday against the Mariners.

Masset threw an inning in the Rockies' intrasquad game before flying out to support his wife for what turned out to be 18 hours of labor.

"My wife is a very determined woman, and it worked out that I was able to be out there for the birth of my second daughter," Masset said. "It was definitely a memorable moment, a miracle in itself.

"In this lifestyle, you can't plan out a lot of things. Family definitely comes first, but baseball can get in the way sometimes. Luckily, everyone over here was very supportive."

Masset, 31, hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2011 with the Reds because of shoulder surgery and a later surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Masset said while at home with the family, he continued preparation as much as he could. Masset now returns to the task of making sure he's healthy but not risking injury.

"I snuck in a couple days [of throwing] to make sure I stayed on top of it," Masset said. "I didn't have time to work out, but I did some arm exercises when I was sitting in the hospital room, moved around, did some stretching. I snuck out with my agent a couple of days and went and played some catch. I can't take four days off and expect to come back any good, kept my arm sharp.

"This is a great opportunity for me to show that I'm healthy and get back out there and throw competitive pitches."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb.
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