MLB Spring Training 2012: Cincinnati Reds' Bill Bray's Groin Injury Not Serious

Bill Ford@billfordwritesCorrespondent IIIMarch 5, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Bill Bray #45 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 23, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Reds left-handed reliever Bill Bray sustained a left groin injury, but reports indicate that it is not that serious.

The Reds restricted him from working out over the last few days of spring training to give him some rest and a chance to recuperate.

Bray had not pitched against live batters yet in practice sessions, but threw long tosses from 150 feet.

He has been receiving treatment for his injury, and he said that he believes that he will be back practicing in spring training by the weekend.

The injury occurred while throwing from the mound in the bullpen during practice.

The 2011 season proved to be one of his best with a win-loss record of 5-3, a WHIP of 1.076, 44 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched.

Thankfully, the Reds organization believes that his injury is minor and he will recover quickly allowing him to get back onto the mound and resume practice in spring training, possibly as soon as this weekend.

He proved in the past that he has the ability to bounce back successfully from an injury. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 to repair his left elbow.

Assuming that his groin injury is minor, he should adjust back into spring training with ease. After having a great season in 2011, he is in a perfect position to have a breakout year in 2012.