Reds reliever Nick Masset undergoes shoulder surgery

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Nick Masset’s season began with a spring training shoulder injury and has been filled with numerous setbacks since, and today the Reds announced that the reliever underwent surgery over the weekend.

That means Masset will have gone from throwing 76, 77, and 70 innings (with a combined 3.15 ERA) out of the Reds’ bullpen during the past three seasons to throwing zero innings this year.

Pitching coach Bryan Price indicated to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that Masset is expected to be ready for spring training, although there’s no official timetable for his return.

As part of a two-year, $5.5 million contract signed in January he’ll make $3.1 million in 2013.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.