CINCINNATI -- The Reds had a moment of silence and a video tribute to honor former reliever Pedro Borbon before tonight's game against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park.
Borbon, a mainstay of the Big Red Machine's bullpen in the 1970's, passed away from cancer Monday at the age of 65.
Reds manager Dusty Baker had not heard about Borbon's death until he met with local media prior to the game. Baker played the majority of his career in the Major Leagues with Atlanta and Los Angeles when the Braves and Dodgers were facing the Reds as rivals in the old National League West division.
"I faced him many times," said Baker. "I didn't do so well that I remember. He used to crowd me with that sinker. Then you'd back off the plate to get to that sinker and he'd throw that slider on you."
Baker is a prostate cancer survivor, but cancer, he said, took the life of his mother-in-law and several friends.
"Let's hope our scientists and research can come up with a cure for cancer," said Baker. "You never get used to [it]. It makes you appreciate every day."
Rolen, Masset continue to make strides
CINCINNATI -- Third baseman Scott Rolen and reliever Nick Masset continue to make improvements as they continue to rehabilitate from injuries. Both are on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder troubles; Rolen has a strained left shoulder, while Masset has had inflammation in his right shoulder that has kept him off the mound since Spring Training.
Rolen took infield practice on Tuesday prior to the Reds' game with Pittsburgh. He said he began hitting off a tee last Thursday while the Reds were on the road. He hit off the tee four out of five days, taking a rest on Sunday. Tuesday he progressed to hitting soft tossed baseballs in the batting cages underneath Great American Ball Park with trainer Paul Lessard.
Rolen has missed 22 games so far and does not have a timetable on his return.
Masset has increased his throwing distance in long-toss drills to 120 feet. He is throwing between 60-70 times during the sessions. He said he's been throwing for about the last week and senses progress.
Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.