Right-hander Nick Masset was slated to be one of the Reds' key setup men in the bullpen this season. But since injuring his shoulder in spring training, he's been on the shelf.
"I've been throwing for two weeks now," he said Friday before the Reds' 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. "The last three or four days, I feel like I got my feet underneath me. I've been working on my delivery, trying to crank it up a little."
Masset, who's been on the disabled list the entire year while rehabbing the shoulder, still has several steps to go. He's got to get back on the mound. He's got to throw to live hitters. And he's got to go on a rehab assignment.
But he's throwing the ball with authority.
"I've been working on arm strength," he said. "I still have a little soreness. We haven't gotten to when I'll throw off the mound -- maybe in a week or so."
Masset started with 30 throws from 60 feet. He worked his way up to 60 to 70 throws from 150 feet. The next step is throwing from 200 feet.