CINCINNATI -- In the early days of Spring Training games, the Reds seemed poised to have an embarrassment of riches with left-handers in the bullpen.
At the time, they had at least four lefties with good chances to contribute in Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray, Dontrelle Willis and Matt Maloney. As of Tuesday, Bray was the only left-handed reliever still on the active roster.
Chapman -- the Reds' main lefty for the late innings -- was placed on the disabled list Monday because of left shoulder inflammation. The Reds are now counting on Bray to pick up his situations.
"I never would wish pain on anybody, having been through so much of it myself," said Bray, who was often injured in the past and missed 2009 and part of 2010 because of Tommy John surgery on his elbow. "I definitely feel for [Chapman] there. He'll get the best attention and be back to full health in no time. But that being said, I'm just going to do the best I can in the situations I'm given. I'll just try to continue to do what I've done all along."
Willis did not make the club out of camp. Maloney did make the roster but was sent out last month to join Willis at Triple-A Louisville.
On the current roster, right-hander Jose Arredondo has a strong track record against lefty hitters, but he is just coming off the disabled list after missing all of last season because of Tommy John surgery.
Bray entered Tuesday with a 1.29 ERA in 29 games, with his only two runs allowed over his 14 innings coming when other relievers let his runners score. More importantly, he had stranded 11 of his 12 inherited baserunners. He had also retired 18 of 21 first batters faced.
"It's when I want to be on the mound, when the game is on the line," Bray said. "If that's the opportunity given to me, I'm going to give it everything I can to get the job done. Any time you go out there and start an inning, or if you come in with men on base and get a punchout or first out, it definitely sets the tone and gives you options with the next hitter and helps your ability to get out of the inning."
Gomes gets night off day after big homer
CINCINNATI -- One night after notching his first home run in nearly a month, Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cubs. Left-handed hitter Fred Lewis started in left field against Cubs righty Matt Garza.
Reds manager Dusty Baker said that Gomes would start on Wednesday against the Pirates. Gomes' two-run homer in the seven-run sixth inning during Monday's win over Chicago gave him his first homer since April 17 and first RBIs since April 30.
"It's good because anybody that's ever struggled before, it makes life very unpleasant to go from the hero one year to zero in a very short period of time," Baker said on Tuesday. "We're going to need Jonny. We're going to need his bat in there. We're going to need his production. Try not to forget, he carried us for a long period of time last year. He showed what he was capable of doing. If a guy has never done that, you really don't know."
Gomes came into the night batting .188, which has cost him some of his once-regular playing time to Lewis and Chris Heisey.
Francisco activated, sent to Triple-A Louisville
CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated third baseman Juan Francisco from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.
Francisco had not played for the Reds since suffering a strained left calf on April 17 against the Pirates, and he went on the DL the following day.
In his six-game rehab assignment at Louisville, Francisco batted .333 (10-for-30) with one home run and seven RBIs.
Reds pitcher Nick Masset celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday.
Manager Dusty Baker was saddened to learn about the passing of Twins great and Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew on Tuesday. Killebrew died at the age of 74 after losing his battle with esophageal cancer.
"I got to know him as a kid with the Braves," Baker said. "We used to play them quite often up at Tinker Field in Orlando when I was at West Palm Beach. We used to barnstorm with them. ... Harmon was always a gentleman. I used to call Matt Williams 'Harmon Killebrew' because they were built alike, swung alike, had the same kind of head. That was one of the ultimate compliments, especially for a guy that played outdoors in Minnesota, and they had some good teams up there. He was a very good man. I'm sorry to hear about his passing."