CINCINNATI -- Reds head trainer Paul Lessard stopped Tony Cingrani's bullpen session early on Friday, reducing the odds that the lefty's back injury will improve enough to let him make his next start on Sunday vs. the Brewers.
"It was just so-so, unfortunately," said Lessard. "Everything on flat ground was good. He threw off the mound, and it was just average. That means a lot of heads have to get together and figure out what we're going to do for Sunday, whether he's going to pitch or not."
Lessard stopped the bullpen session after Cingrani threw 12 pitches.
"He said it was still uncomfortable," Lessard said. "Why keep going if it's uncomfortable? I said, 'OK, we're done.'"
Cingrani strained his right lower back in Tuesday's start vs. the D-backs and came out after only 3 2/3 innings. At the time, he expressed optimism that he would be ready for his next start.
If the Reds decide Cingrani is unable to start, they could summon right-hander Greg Reynolds from Triple-A Louisville. Reynolds, who last pitched on Tuesday as well, is 12-3 with a 2.42 ERA this season for Louisville. He pitched once for the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader at San Francisco and allowed five runs and eight hits over five innings.
Broxton undergoes surgery on forearm
CINCINNATI -- Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton had season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a torn flexor mass in his right forearm. Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the operation.
Broxton's rehabilitation is expected to take approximately six months. That would put him close to the start of Spring Training in 2014.
"It will be basically about four months before he picks up a ball, because it will be all soft tissue rehab and strengthening before he actually starts throwing," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.
Broxton came out of Wednesday's game when he felt something pull apart in his forearm while pitching in the eighth inning vs. the D-backs.
"It wasn't the worst news possible," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It could have been a much more severe operation. There is a silver lining that it wasn't in the ligament. It wasn't in the joint. He could be ready in 5-6 months, hopefully."
In 34 games this season, Broxton is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings. He's allowed 27 hits and walked 12. He was on the disbaled list from June 15-Aug. 9 because of a flexor mass strain in his right elbow.
Arroyo: Braun should have spoken publicly
CINCINNATI -- Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who was suspended for 65 games in July for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, admitted in a lengthy written statement issued Thursday that he did take banned substances.
Braun did not specifically name the substances he used, but wrote that he used them to aid in his recovery from an injury late in the 2011 season. He also apologized to teammates and fans and for doing "any damage to the game."
Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is not among those who have read and digested Braun's statement. In fact, Arroyo feels that Braun should have apologized in an interview or press conference, rather than in statement form.
"I think, the right way to handle it -- you always talk about how nobody wants to be broken up with over a text message, right?" Arroyo said on Friday. "At the end of the day, I feel like if you want to be authentic and you want people to feel it, it's very difficult for that to happen when people read things. That's why we say things in the paper that sometimes gets misconstrued. People don't understand the intent of the words that you said. But if you can see the body language and intonation in my voice, then you can make that discrepancy.
"If you do something on that large of a scale, you sit and have a press conference and let people shoot questions at you and you shoot them straight. That's the best way to clear the air."
• Injured pitchers Johnny Cueto (right lat muscle) and Sean Marshall (left shoulder) continued their throwing programs on Friday. Both long tossed at 90 feet without issues.
• On the field before batting practice Friday, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman played catch with Cincinnati Ballet principle dancer Cervilio Miguel Amador. Amador, a fellow Cuban, was occasionally mixing in pirouettes with his throws to Chapman. Sunday is Cincinnati Ballet Day at Great American Ball Park and Amador is slated to throw a ceremonial first pitch.