What’s up with Marshall? (UPDATED)
One of the big questions I’ve gotten lately from fans, and a couple of scouts this morning: Is LHP Sean Marshall going on the disabled list? As of before today’s game, no.
Marshall hasn’t pitched since March 22 because of some fatigue in his left shoulder. He was thought to have been available Friday but hasn’t been seen out of the bullpen. With the way the Reds have had to use their bullpen, especially with two extra-innings games in the first five of the season, a fresh arm should be needed. J.J. Hoover has already worked three games, and took the two losses in extras.
If the Reds don’t use Marshall Sunday and put him on the DL, they could backdate the move retroactively to March 22. That would make him eligible to be activated whenever he’s ready.
One potential issue is a lack of big league-tested arms at Triple-A Louisville that are also on the 40-man roster. RHP Logan Ondrusek is currently at Double-A Pensacola working on some stuff. RHP Jose Arredondo is at Louisville but was outrighted off of the roster at the end of Spring Training. RHP Clay Hensley, one of the final camp cuts after a mostly solid spring, is also there.
UPDATE: This blog post was quickly rendered moot as Marshall entered the game for his 2013 debut in the seventh inning vs. Washington. He looked quite good while retiring the side in order and struck out third batter Bryce Harper on a 75 mph curveball.