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Reds place Jonathan Broxton on disabled list

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Big Jonathan Broxton is taking his talents to the disabled list.
Big Jonathan Broxton is taking his talents to the disabled list. (USATSI)

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Reds setup man Jonathan Broxton has been placed on the 15-day disabled, retroactive to Friday, with a right elbow flexor mass strain, the club announced Saturday. As a corresponding move, right-hander Pedro Villarreal has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Broxton, 28, was used in emergency Thursday against the Cubs in the 14th inning -- despite the availability of closer Aroldis Chapman -- and took the loss. He had been dealing with elbow soreness prior to the outing and had the issue examined upon the Reds' return to Cincinnati.

Broxton has a 4.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 27 innings thus far in 2013. The two-time All-Star is in the first year of a three-year, $21 million deal with the Reds. He joins fellow setup man Sean Marshall on the disabled list.

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