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Bill Bray | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Bill Bray announced his retirement from professional baseball on Sunday.
Bray indicated that he has once again torn his labrum which would require another surgery, making the decision easy for him. The 30-year-old southpaw hasn't appeared in the big leagues since he was a member of the Reds during the 2012 season. He concludes his career with a 3.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 188/88 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings with the Nationals and Reds. Mar 16 - 9:04 PM

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Bill Bray wants to pitch in 2014 and hopes to sign with a team by May, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Bray was limited to just 4 1/3 innings with the Nationals' Double-A affiliate last season due to back, groin and shoulder issues. Prior to 2013 the southpaw was effective as a reliever, limiting lefties to a .218/.312/.331 line for his career. If he proves to be healthy, the 30-year-old could catch on with a team looking for left-handed bullpen help.
Feb 8 - 11:50 PM

Bill Bray has been sent back to the Nationals' spring training complex to rehab a sore left shoulder.

Bray reported to Double-A Harrisburg on May 6 after spending the first five weeks of the 2013 regular season recovering from lingering back and groin problems. And now he's back in Viera, Florida because of a shoulder issue. "It's working its way out," the veteran reliever told Andrew Simon of MLB.com on Wednesday.
Thu, May 30, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Bill Bray has joined the bullpen at Double-A Harrisburg.

Bray hung back at extended spring training for the first month of the regular season to get healthy. He signed a minor league contract with the Nats in early December and could climb his way to Washington eventually.
Mon, May 6, 2013 02:20:00 PM

Bill Bray has been reassigned to minor league camp.

Bray was a candidate for a left-handed specialist role, but it doesn't look like there's a spot for him on the Nationals' Opening Day roster. It's fair to wonder if he's still dealing with injuries at this point. Bray doesn't have a spring training opt-out in his minor league deal, so he could be forced to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 05:26:00 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that Bill Bray has a chance to be the second left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen.

It's increasingly likely that Bray will contend for a roster spot after multiple left-handed relievers have dropped off the board, the latest being J.P. Howell. Bray, who inked a minor league deal with the Nats earlier this offseason, was limited to just 8 2/3 innings in 2012 due to back and groin injuries. He was extremely effective as a left-handed specialist for the Reds in 2011 however, posting a 2.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 44/17 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings while holding left-handed hitters to a .180/.265/.292 batting line.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 10:32:00 PM

MASN's Dan Kolko writes that Bill Bray is a candidate to replace Mike Gonzalez in the Nationals' bullpen.

Bray was signed to a minor league deal this offseason after being limited to just 14 appearances with the Reds in 2012 due to back and groin injuries. If healthy, he should be able to secure a left-handed specialist role with Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny agreeing to deals with the Brewers. According to Kolko, J.P. Howell is the Nationals' top target on the free agent market.
Source: MASN.com
Sat, Dec 29, 2012 10:20:00 AM

Nationals signed LHP Bill Bray to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bray, who was originally drafted by the Expos back in 2004, was limited to just 8 2/3 innings for Cincinnati this year due to back and groin issues. However, he has enjoyed some success in 2010 and 2011 and could make for a savvy addition if healthy.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 04:10:00 PM

Bill Bray has elected free agency.

Bray was limited to just 8 2/3 innings for Cincinnati this year due to back and groin issues. He pitched very well for them in 2010 and 2011, though, so he shouldn't have trouble landing a job elsewhere.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 07:03:00 PM

Bill Bray (back) will not be activated from the disabled list this month.

Bray's back is still giving him trouble. The left-hander wound up pitching just 8 2/3 innings for Cincinnati this year due to back and groin issues.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 03:56:00 PM

Bill Bray (back) allowed three runs and five hits over 1 2/3 innings Saturday at Triple-A Louisville.

"It's not looking like it," manager Dusty Baker responded Monday when asked whether Bray will be able to return to the major leagues this season. The right-hander has thrown just 8 2/3 innings for Cincinnati this year.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 02:12:00 PM

Bill Bray (lumbar muscle strain) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville.

Bray gave up one hit while striking out one and throwing 10 out of 18 pitches for strikes. The southpaw should only need a couple more appearances before being activated. He's been sidelined since the end of July with a lumbar muscle strain.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 08:44:00 AM

Reds placed LHP Bill Bray on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar muscle strain.

Bray also missed time earlier this season with a groin injury. He's thrown just 8 2/3 innings in 2012.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 04:22:00 PM

Reds activated LHP Bill Bray from the 15-day disabled list.

The southpaw had missed the last two months with a groin injury but is ready to return to a setup role. He allowed four runs over just 2 2/3 innings earlier this season.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 04:03:00 PM

Bill Bray (groin, back) tossed 1 2/3 perfect innings Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Low-A Dayton.

With a pair of scoreless appearances under his belt, he's now scheduled to continue his rehab assignment Thursday and Friday with Triple-A Louisville. If all goes well, he should be back in the Reds' bullpen within the next couple of weeks.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 03:39:00 PM

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