Moscot on track to 'be back to full form'

Bailey throws bullpen session; Simon likely to start Tuesday

Moscot on track to 'be back to full form'

PHOENIX -- As he works to get through a mild left intercostal muscle strain, Reds pitcher Jon Moscot isn't yet on the list of probables to start again. Moscot, who was scratched from his start on Wednesday, believed he would only miss the one start.

"That's the hope," Moscot said on Friday. "It's getting better every day. It's just something that kind of flared up when I was hitting. They're taking good care of me. I'm feeling good, and I hope to be back to full form pretty soon."

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Moscot threw 60 pitches over 3 2/3 innings in his previous outing on March 11.

"There's plenty of time to get back up to where I need to be. It was kind of a freak thing," said Moscot.

Moscot, who is trying to lock up one of the openings in the rotation, has resumed throwing, but he hasn't done any swinging since he was injured. He is 1-2 with an 8.31 ERA in his three starts this spring.

Around the horn
Homer Bailey (Tommy John surgery rehab) threw another 45-pitch bullpen session on Thursday without issue. Bailey, who is expected to join the rotation in May, is slated to face Reds hitters in Minor League camp on Wednesday.

Alfredo Simon, who was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract on Thursday, is likely to make his first spring start on Tuesday vs. the Cubs. Simon would be replacing Robert Stephenson, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

• Pitching in a Minor League game vs. the Brewers on Friday, Reds reliever J.J. Hoover worked one scoreless and hitless inning with two walks and one strikeout while throwing 29 pitches.

• Reliever Zack Weiss came into camp expected to challenge for a role in the wide-open Reds bullpen, but he was re-assigned to the Minor Leagues on Friday. Weiss has been dealing with right elbow tenderness and inflammation, manager Bryan Price noted.

"It will take a few more days of no throwing before they'll give him a test flight with playing catch," Price said. "Even then, he'll have to spend 3-4 days playing catch before he can get on a mound to throw a bullpen, and then get re-slotted for another game. There's just not enough time to give him a reasonable look. We sent him down there with the challenge of being the best bullpen option for us the first time we need support. Our excitement about his ability and potential to help us hasn't waned at all. It was disappointing we didn't get to see more of him in the spring."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.