GOODYEAR, Ariz. It would be easy for Bill Bray to throw his hands in the air and say, "Why me? Why put myself through this? Is there something else I can do?"
That, though, isn't in Bray's make-up and is part of the reason that when he is healthy he is a guy you want on the mound when it it decide-time in baseball games.
Uh, that's when he is healthy. And that has been the biggest obstacle facing the 6-3, 228-pound left-handed relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.
For the third straight year, Bray has been unable to participate with his teammates early in the exhibition season.
This time it is a groin injury that is holding him back, but he takes the positive approach by saying, "At least this time it isn't an arm injury. It can always be worse."
In 2010, it was an elbow problem that led to Tommy John surgery. And in 2011 he had to take it slow and easy to build his arm back to speed after the surgery.
But he accomplished that mission and ended up leading the 2011 Reds in b...