Nick Masset missed all of last season with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery in September and the Reds reliever is behind schedule in his comeback, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s “had some small setbacks.”
Initially the Reds indicated that Masset would likely be ready for spring training, but so far he’s only advanced to throwing from 90 feet a few days per week and Fay says he “is a long way from resuming a normal spring training throwing schedule.”
Before the injury Masset was a good setup man for the Reds, averaging 74 innings with a 3.15 ERA from 2009-2011, and he’s under contract for $3.1 million this year.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.