Marshall still not close
Lefty reliever Sean Marshall had his latest bullpen session on Friday. Although he expressed hope earlier this week to be facing hitters in the near future, Reds manager Bryan Price felt that Marshall wasn’t quite there yet and needed more throwing sessions first.
“I think he needs more repetition,” Price said on Saturday. “The shoulder injury is so different than the elbow. When you’re out and playing long toss – you have these guys coming off of shoulder surgery – and they’ll go out and look as good as they’ve ever looked in long toss. And as soon as you put them on that slope of the mound, it’s like there’s almost an immediate regression. … the ability to get that external rotation and really whip the arm through changes as you get on that angle. It takes longer.
“The shoulder is just a real temperamental joint. I don’t think he’s there yet. I don’t think he’s to the point where batting practice is to the immediate future. But I do believe because of his situation that if we get to the point where he can go out and face hitters, we’ll do that. At this point in time, I don’t think he’s knocking on the door for that. That could change.”
At the current pace, it’s unlikely that Marshall will be able to do a rehab assignment in the Minors before pitching in his first game since June 10, 2014. The Minor League season runs out after the first week of next month. Instructional league in Arizona does begin in late September.
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