Addison Reed RP ARI 4 days ago

Reed (shoulder) said that he's felt normal during his live batting practice sessions and bullpen work this spring. Additionally, he's certain that he will be ready for the D-backs' Opening Day game against the Giants, the Arizona Republic reports.

Last season, Reed struggled with the command of his slider, which could become a useful pitch for him again in 2015 if the mechanical adjustments he's made to his delivery allow him to repeat it more consistently. Additionally, the hope is that the adjustment will lessen the strain on Reed's shoulder. He's consistently available after the first 20 closers are taken off the board in drafts this spring, offering up profit potential if he's able to stay healthy and keep hitters from sitting back on his fastball this season.

Addison Reed RP ARI 6 days ago

Reed (shoulder) threw a scoreless inning in a B' game against the Cubs on Tuesday morning, according to the Arizona Republic.

Reed threw 13 pitches to four batters, striking out the last batter he faced with a slider. His fastball ranged from 88-90 mph. This is an encouraging sign for Reed as he tries to prepare for Opening Day after being slowed by a shoulder ailment this spring.

Addison Reed RP ARI 1 week ago

D-backs manager Chip Hale said Reed (shoulder) "looked great" while facing live hitters for the first time this spring Friday, the Arizona Republic reports.

It's expected that he Reed will appear in a minor league game in the coming days. The D-backs remains optimistic that Reed will be ready to pitch on Opening Day.

Addison Reed RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Reed (shoulder) is scheduled to face live hitters in a batting practice session Friday, the Arizona Republic reports.

If that session goes as planned, Reed could pitch in a minor league game Tuesday. Considering that the D-backs don't have a timetable for him to appear in a big league spring training game, Reed should be considered questionable for Opening Day until he takes another big step forward in his progress from the injury.

Addison Reed RP ARI 2 weeks ago

Reed (shoulder) continues to throw bullpen sessions, and he insists that he's 100 percent healthy, the Arizona Republic reports.

To this point, Reed still has not appeared in a Cactus League game. Further, he's been working to adjust his mechanics recently to ease some of the strain being placed on his arm with his current delivery. It's reasonable to think that he may only need a half dozen appearances in spring games to be ready for Opening Day, but he'll need to start pitching in games soon in order to make that timetable.

Addison Reed RP ARI 3 weeks ago

Reed (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.

As a reliever, Reed won't need as much time to get ready for the start of the season, but he still has a few hurdles to clear before getting into Cactus League games. If he's unable to begin the season as the Arizona closer, Evan Marshall may be given a short-term look in his place.

Addison Reed RP ARI 3 weeks ago

The Diamondbacks remain optimistic that Reed (shoulder) will be ready for Opening Day, the team's official site reports.

With Reed and Brad Ziegler (knee) slowed by injuries this spring, manager Chip Hale suggested that Evan Marshall may be used to close out games if needed when the regular season begins. It's believed that Reed is still approximately one week away from throwing off a mound again.

Addison Reed RP ARI 4 weeks ago

Reed (shoulder) still has not thrown from a mound this spring, the Arizona Republic reports.

As a reliever, Reed may only need a couple of weeks to prepare for the season, but the longer he goes without beginning the process of working his way into game situations, the more likely it becomes that he will need a stint on the disabled list to begin the season. Currently, Evan Marshall and Oliver Perez are the only two healthy locks to open the season in the Arizona bullpen.

Addison Reed RP ARI 1 month ago

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale was a little bit more cautious about Reed's shoulder status than Reed's remarks on Sunday, the Arizona Republic reports. "The worst thing we can do is say you've only thrown two or three times now and we're going to open the season," Hale said. "If that's the case, then he may have to start on the DL. We're a long way away from that. We'll see how many outings it's going to take for him to feel comfortable and for us to feel comfortable with how he's throwing the ball."

Reed earlier said that he would be ready for Opening Day, but he's going to need to hit the benchmarks set by the team first. The first of those is to throw off a mound, which won't happen for at least a couple more weeks.

Addison Reed RP ARI 1 month ago

Reed said soreness in his shoulder has completely subsided, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. He will be able to throw off a mound in about two weeks and is still expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Reed's soreness started early in spring training after a bullpen session. It appears the issue isn't too serious, as he should be fine for Opening Day barring a setback. The 26-year-old is slated as the Diamondbacks closer again in 2015 after posting a 4.25 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 32 saves in 38 chances last season.