May 20, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; Marshall (45) delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

In Addition: Marshall Wasn't Available


I’m sure some were thinking this. In the 7th, Reds starter Mat Latos served up two runs as the Mets would tie the game. In the inning, Latos face three consecutive lefty bats (pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin, Daniel Murphy and Rick Ankiel).

The question: where’s Sean Marshall? Answer: not available.

Seems like Marshall’s shoulder was “cranky”, this according to Mark Sheldon.

During pregame, Marshall’s shoulder did not take well to throwing and there is the possibility inflammation has set within the shoulder. Dusty would have used Marshall to face Ankiel.

Here’s Marshall…

“We were kind of erring on the side of caution. I told them I was a little bit sore,” Marshall said. “I did a little bit of exercise after the game. With this extra day of rest [Thursday], I will be back to how I’ve been feeling.”

I wish there was a silver lining here. I wish I had a positive spin on this, but truthfully, there isn’t. Marshall was a key cog in last season’s bullpen and his use has been a bit sparse since his return from the disabled list.

Oh…and it looks like Manny Parra could return. If Marshall’s shoulder doesn’t respond to the off-day and must once again hit the DL…

I don’t want to think about it.

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