Saturday, August 11, 2007

Billy Bray Rides Again!!!!

Finally! After three months of waiting, Reds' fans will finally get to see lefty Billy Bray at the Major League Level. The Reds have been hemorrhaging from the bullpen all season, so Bray could have been very valuable in stopping the bleeding.

"Reds recalled LHP Bill Bray from Triple-A Louisville.
Bray missed the first three months with a broken finger and then shoulder woes before he resumed pitching at Louisville in July. He ended up with a 4.26 ERA and a 29/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings for the Bats. If he can stay away from the walks, he could be ready to help Cincinnati's pen."

Oddly enough, Everyday Eddie Guardado returned from Tommy John surgery before Bray returned from his finger and shoulder ailments. It is a bit remarkable and very unfortunate that it took Bray so long to get healthy. It took him so long to return that the season is already over for the Reds, which might not have been the case if he was healthy this year.

At the very least, the Reds should have another reliable arm in the bullpen. The rest of this year should be used to evaluate all the options we have in the bullpen. Billy Bray, Jon Coutlangus, Gary Majewski, Marcus McBeth, Jared Burton, Todd Coffey, and others all need to be evaluated with an eye towards 2008. We need to know what we have and what we need heading into the offseason.

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