Marshall setback; Ludwick’s progress

*Reds LHP Sean Marshall, who has been on the DL since May 24 with a sprained left shoulder, has had a setback in his throwing program. Marshall last threw in the bullpen on Sunday in Atlanta and was slated to throw a live batting practice to hitters during Thursday’s post-All-Star game workout.

“At the end of the bullpen, he was a little tender,” Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said on Friday. “After treatments at the end of the day, he was feeling OK. Yesterday, we were planning on starting our workout with that live BP session and while he was long tossing and warming up, he was still feeling some tenderness in the back of the shoulder. We shut it down.”

A medical exam today confirmed he had shoulder tendinitis.

“Thank God there is nothing else involved. We shut down the throwing program through this weekend,” Lessard said. “We’ll see how he responds. If he does well, he will resume his throwing program probably on Monday.”

*OF Ryan Ludwick, who hasn’t played since Opening Day because of right shoulder surgery, could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Ludwick has been taking batting practice with the team the last two days and has been hitting on his own for about the last 10 days.

“As long as this weekend goes well, no setbacks or something, he’ll start the rehab assignment,” Lessard said.

“He looked real good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “These other guys are four months ahead of him and he’s kind of a slow starter anyway. … We have to give him enough at-bats so when he comes back, it’s not Spring Training.”

*RHP Jonathan Broxton is slated to have his first bullpen session on Saturday. Broxton has been on the DL since June 15 with an elbow injury.

*Catcher Ryan Hanigan, on the DL since July 11 with a left wrist sprain, started swinging a bat today. Lessard felt that Hanigan would be ready to return when he’s eligible for activation on July 25.

*Ace Johnny Cueto could begin a new throwing program in a week. Cueto is not currently with the team because he is home in the Dominican Republic dealing with a personal issue. He is expected back on Saturday.


Mark, is there any way you could get a copy of Bill Cunningham’s speech today to the Reds players?   I’d love to hear it.   Thank you.


Cunningham is a big mouth idiot…

You have to wonder what this trip to the DL means to Cueto…that the other 3 times didn’t. In other words, he supposedly healed for months on end before when he first had the injury last year in the playoffs. One has to think that his throwing motion will just aggravate the same injury, again. If it happens again, wouldn’t that signify a complete shutdown for many, many months followed by an intensive and long muscle therapy program?

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