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Masset may face hitters Saturday in Arizona

CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Nick Masset, who has been on the disabled list all season because of a right shoulder injury, resumed throwing bullpen sessions this week in Goodyear, Ariz. Masset could finally graduate to facing hitters in a 20-25 pitch live batting practice session on Saturday.

"He was having some issues and was basically shut down for a week," head trainer Paul Lessard said on Thursday. "After that week, he's ramped it up again. If all goes well Saturday, he'll be in a game."

Masset could see action in Arizona rookie league games before going on a Minor League rehab assignment.

"I'm worried about Saturday first," Lessard said. "Everything is in pencil right now."

CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Nick Masset, who has been on the disabled list all season because of a right shoulder injury, resumed throwing bullpen sessions this week in Goodyear, Ariz. Masset could finally graduate to facing hitters in a 20-25 pitch live batting practice session on Saturday.

"He was having some issues and was basically shut down for a week," head trainer Paul Lessard said on Thursday. "After that week, he's ramped it up again. If all goes well Saturday, he'll be in a game."

Masset could see action in Arizona rookie league games before going on a Minor League rehab assignment.

"I'm worried about Saturday first," Lessard said. "Everything is in pencil right now."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.