It was already known that Mat Latos was going to start the season on the disabled list. When Aroldis Chapman got drilled by a line drive, it was clear he was going to start the season on the DL as well.
Now, after a media session with manager Bryan Price, it was learned that several Cincinnati Reds pitchers will not be starting the season healthy and on the active roster.
MLB.com’s Marc Sheldon reports that relievers Jon Broxton and Sean Marshall are likely to open up the season on the DL with forearm and left shoulder problems respectively. Another name that could be listed as not healthy to start the season is recently extended Homer Bailey. Bailey has been bothered by a groin strain, but is progressing as he throws bullpen sessions.
Losing Broxton and Marshall really leaves the Reds’ bullpen at a disadvantage, as Broxton was likely to be the candidate to replace Chapman as the closer until he returned from surgery. The Reds still have J.J. Hoover, Sam LeCure and Manny Parra as proven successful relievers, but it’s clear that losing those three is a big blow.
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