Hurlers moving forward in rehab process
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton's second spring game was not as smooth as his first. Broxton pitched a scoreless fifth inning against the Royals on Friday, but allowed a one-out double followed by back-to-back walks. He benefited when Alcides Escobar was thrown out at third base stretching for a triple.
"I felt fine. I am just everywhere right now," said Broxton, who is trying to return from August surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon in his right forearm.
Broxton's first outing on Monday was a brief eight-pitch -- all fastballs -- appearance against the Indians. This time, he said he threw two sliders and a curveball.
The Reds expect Broxton to begin the season on the disabled list.
"I still have to get where I can throw my fastball," Broxton said. "I also have to get somewhat of a feel for my breaking ball. I went out there and threw some heaters and I just fell into a hole ... and I just couldn't find it right there. But I needed that so I could make up for those eight pitches the last time."
In other injury news, left-handed reliever Sean Marshall, also expected to begin the regular season on the DL because of a sore shoulder, had a second successful bullpen session on Thursday.
"He's been feeling great," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's the most optimistic I know I've been in regards to Sean and his shoulder issues dating back to this time last year. Even when he was activated at the end of last season and pitched for us and pitched very, very well, I didn't feel like he was at maximum strength at that time."
Starting pitcher Mat Latos, who has been working back from Feb. 14 left knee surgery that repaired torn meniscus cartilage, will make his second spring start in a Minor League game on Monday.