Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Jonathan Broxton worked a scoreless inning against the Rays in his 2014 debut on Friday.

Broxton came on in a non-save situation with the Reds trailing 2-0 in the ninth inning, and though he surrendered a two-out walk to Ben Zobrist, he escaped the inning unscathed and struck out a pair. Now that he has that first outing out of the way, he's expected to serve as the Reds closer until Aroldis Chapman returns.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Reds manager Bryan Price indicated that Jonathan Broxton will not be used to close in his first appearance back from the disabled list.

Price wants Broxton to get his feet wet with one appearance before he installs him as the club's closer, so JJ Hoover or Manny Parra could get another shot if there's a save chance Tuesday. However, Price has made no secret about his desire to use Broxton as the main ninth inning man until Aroldis Chapman (head) returns.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Reds activated RHP Jonathan Broxton from the 15-day disabled list.

Broxton was a bit behind during spring training after forearm surgery last August, but he made it through a couple of rehab appearances without incident and is ready to join the Reds' bullpen. Bryan Price plans to use him a fill-in closer until Aroldis Chapman is ready to return from the disabled list, so he's worth picking up in most fantasy formats.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Jonathan Broxton (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola Friday.

He'll throw an inning Friday and Saturday for the Blue Wahoos. The Reds haven't set an exact day for Broxton's activation from the DL, but they seem to be targeting next Monday. He's expected to serve as the club's closer until Aroldis Chapman (head) returns from the disabled list next month.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that Jonathan Broxton (elbow) could return from the disabled list next week and move directly into the closer role.

Broxton is almost fully recovered from offseason forearm surgery and will take on major fantasy value as soon as he's activated if Price indeed names him the ninth-inning man. Aroldis Chapman is expected to return at some point in May from his facial fractures. JJ Hoover is the guy to own in the Cincinnati bullpen for now.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Reds placed RHP Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a torn flexor mass tendon.

Broxton is coming along slowly but surgery from offseason surgery, but he needs more time. He figures to beat Aroldis Chapman (head) back from the DL, which means he could eventually be in line for some save chances.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Jonathan Broxton (forearm) struggled with his command in his second Cactus League outing on Friday, walking a pair in a scoreless inning of work against the Royals.

Broxton also allowed a hit and fanned one in his inning of work. He's progressing nicely in his throwing program, but is nearly certain to begin the season on the disabled list. With he and Sean Marshall rehabbing, J.J. Hoover appears to be the favorite for saves in the Reds bullpen in the early going.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Jonathan Broxton (forearm) will start the season on the disabled list.

He also said that Sean Marshall (shoulder) will begin the year on the DL, but that was a given. Broxton made his Cactus League debut this week as he works his way back from surgery last August to repair a torn flexor mass tendon. He should be ready sometime in April. With Broxton and Aroldis Chapman on the DL, JJ Hoover is the favorite for saves in Cincy for now.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 5 Months

Jonathan Broxton made his Cactus League debut on Monday against the Indians, tossing a perfect inning.

Broxton relieved Mike Leake in the fifth inning, striking out one in his perfect frame. The hard-throwing right-hander had surgery in August to repair a torn flexor mass tendon. If everything continues to go well, he could be ready to contribute out of the bullpen on Opening Day.

Jonathan Broxton RP CIN 6 Months

Jonathan Broxton (forearm) is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday.

Broxton threw 38 pitches in a bullpen session Friday without complications, so he'll get into his first spring game against the Indians. Broxton is working back from August surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon in his right arm. The right-hander may be ready for Opening Day if he can continue to avoid setbacks.