Reds being cautious with Marshall
Through three games, the Reds have yet to use LHP Sean Marshall. After his shoulder injuries last season, Marshall’s spring throwing program was already a little more limited than others so he would not peak too soon and get overworked.
Now it appears the Reds want to slow him down a little more.
“He’s just a little stiff,” Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday. “We’re going to be on the front end of this thing. We’re going to back him off. He doesn’t need a full Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day. He did all of his offseason throwing. Slowing him down a little bit here, hopefully, will pay dividends later in the spring.”
Marshall isn’t expected to see game action the first week of Cactus League games, possibly the first two weeks.
“We’re going a lot slower with him, No. 1, to make sure he’s completely strong, he’s pain free and we don’t have any setbacks,” Price said. “We’re going to be cautious on the front end.”
Marshall was limited to 16 games last season after he spent May 24-Sept. 15 on the disabled list, first with a shoulder sprain and then tendinitis that developed when he was close to returning in July.