Friday, April 03, 2009

Ryan Reid to miss start of season

Biscuits relief pitcher Ryan Reid won't start the season on time after elbow pain this spring set him back two weeks. Reid worked an inning in an exhibition game today, but it was only his second inning of the spring.

The right-hander said he started feeling pain in the Arizona Fall League last year, probably because of the taxing season.

Reid worked a combined 91 1/3 innings last year in 62 appearances between Vero Beach, Montgomery and the AFL. (How taxing is that? Tampa Bay's J.P. Howell tied for the major-league lead in relief innings with 89 1/3.)

The elbow now feels fine -- and his inning today included his full menu of pitches -- but he's behind on preparation. He'll almost surely come to the Biscuits when ready.

"I know it would be a lot of fun to be there (on Opening Day), but I have to do what I have to do," Reid said. "I'll get there in due time."

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