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Jonathan Broxton's 2013 Ends with Flexor Mass Strain, Surgery Needed

Since returning from the disabled list, Jonathan Broxton has pitched in five games including last night’s 10-7 Reds win. But Brox had to leave the game. A tweet from John Fay reveals to us that Broxton has a flexor mass strain. Surgery will need to be performed and Broxton’s 2013 is, unfortunately, finished. Fay also tweets that he thinks recovery time is six months.

If you read Fay’s timeline, he notes that the pain is in a different location and not related to the injury that put Broxton on the DL the first time.

A couple of roster moves were made in addition to the disabling of Broxton:

1. Johnny Cueto was moved to the 60-day DL, freeing up a roster spot.
2. Nick Christiani was recalled from Louisville to fill the spot now vacated by Broxton.

You see the move of Cueto to the 60-day and have questions about if his season is done. It isn’t. According to another Fay tweet, Cueto would be eligible to return on the 29th of this month, a week from today.

In his first four games back, Broxton was simply superb, allowing a BAA of .167, walking none of the 13 batters he faced and striking out 5 of those batters. He had not allowed a run (earned or unearned) in those four outings and was certainly finding the strike zone as 68% of his pitches were strikes.

Last night, he threw 9 pitches, allowing a home run to Gerardo Parra (which was initially ruled a double, but overturned by review) and a four-pitch walk to Wil Nieves.

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