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Addison Reed makes his first appearance of spring

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It was only a B-game, but closer Addison Reed faced the Cubs today

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Reed's spring had been severely delayed, with shoulder soreness hitting him before he could even lace up his cleats, and keeping him sidelined for the first half of March. He said, "It hasn't gone the way I wanted it to go," but was still optimistic that he would be ready in time for Opening Day, despite the lack of in-game action. "I think everything is feeling well. I wouldn't say I'm behind anybody, I'd say I'm right there where I need to be. I don't think I'm behind at all."

Reed had gradually worked his way back, throwing a bullpen session on Friday, and this morning, faced the Cubs in a B-game which also saw Vidal Nuño, Randall Delgado, Addison Reed, Matt Reynolds and Evan Marshall take the mound. Here's what the reports were:

The velocity is a little low, considering his average fast-ball last season was 92.4 mph, but it's understandable that it may take a while for that to reach 100% again. Hopefully it's something he can build on, going forward: with less than two weeks left before Opening Day, he will probably look to squeeze in another four or five outings between now and then. It's just aout possible, although seems to leave no wiggle-room for any setbacks, much as is the case with fellow reliever, Brad Ziegler.