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Sean Marshall has yet to pitch because of shoulder fatigue

Apr 4, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last year at this time Sean Marshall was beginning the season as the Reds’ closer, but that didn’t last long and now he’s third in the bullpen hierarchy behind Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton. If he can get healthy enough to pitch, that is.

Marshall hasn’t been available yet this season because of shoulder fatigue, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the rest is “just precautionary” and he’s “probably a day or two away” from being ready to pitch.

By keeping Chapman as a reliever the Reds’ bullpen depth is certainly strong enough to cope without Marshall for a while, but he’s been one of the best setup men in baseball for the past three seasons with 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings and ERAs of 2.65, 2.26, and 2.51.

  1. chomsky66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Marshall’s averaged 77 games per year over the last three seasons. #dusty’d

    • cubfan531 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      The lowest total of those three years was his lone year under Baker, though.

      • jm91rs - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Also as a part of the strongest bullpen he’s been on. He hasn’t been needed as much in cincy as he was in Chicago. Not yet anyways.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    As much as I love railing on ole’ “Double Switch Dusty.”…

    What jm91rs said!

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