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Sean Marshall undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

Jun 25, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Reds reliever Sean Marshall hasn’t been healthy since 2012, posting an ugly 7.71 ERA between disabled list stints this year, and now the southpaw setup man will miss the remainder of the season following shoulder surgery.

Back in 2011 the Reds acquired Marshall from the Cubs for a three-player package that included left-hander Travis Wood, who went on to become a solid mid-rotation starter in Chicago.

At the time Marshall was one of the elite setup men in baseball and he had a very strong 2012 season in Cincinnati, posting a 2.51 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 61 innings. Unfortunately he’s thrown a grand total of 24 innings in the two seasons since then.

Marshall is under contract for $6.5 million next season, but it’s unclear at this point if the Reds even expect him to be a factor.

  1. metalhead65 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    another great jocketty deal for the reds. how much have they paid him for that 2012 season? 1 more year for him to get paid while doing nothing for the reds.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Hey man…bright-siding it, at least he isn’t “a washed up ex-Cardinal!” Lol!

      • metalhead65 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        very true but I am sure walt is checking the nursing homes as we speak looking for more those guys.

      • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Right. He’s a washed-up ex-Cub instead.

        This is exactly the kind of contract that kills non-big-market teams–but it’s a bad contract only in hindsight. When they gave it to him, he had had great numbers and was a possible closer.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        On point Maz. I am also with you on the Shelby Miller article. The organization just seems to do a tremendous job of scouting, developing, nurturing, etc… And doing so while not breaking the bank. As I have said many, many times…Cardinals fans are spoiled. No question.

  2. stoutfiles - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Addition by subtraction. Price won’t send any of his under-performing relievers back to the minors, no matter how bad they pitch.

    • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Perhaps Price has a good idea of what he’d get from the alternatives they have at Louisville. Exchanging garbage for garbage just wastes gas on guys driving up and down I-71 and keeps the clubhouse guys busy.

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