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

Sean Marshall to 60-Day DL

The corresponding move in order to place last night’s Game 2 starter, Greg Reynolds, on the 40-man roster wasn’t one the offers a lot of encouragement. It was somewhat expected; however, as the Reds placed reliever Sean Marshall on the 60-day DL with a sprained shoulder.

There had been positive signs in Marshall’s rehab, but the other day, it was reported that Marshall had suffered another setback as he developed tendinitis in his throwing shoulder and was forced to shut it down for a few days. He hasn’t thrown since July 14, but Marshall did throw on Monday and was to throw again yesterday. Reds athletic trainer Paul Lessard said that Marshall isn’t close to a return “by any stretch of the imagination”.

Marshall has been on the disabled list since May 21.

It was once thought that Marshall was actually closer to a return than Jonathan Broxton, also a DL resident, but Marshall’s recent setback now places Broxton on pace to return first.

No question that the injuries to Marshall and Brox have put the Reds bullpen in a state of flux. Reds manager Dusty Baker has been using the duo of Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon in the absence of Marshall and Broxton. The thought was that GM Walt Jocketty was going to pursue a reliever as the trade deadline approaches. There were turned away by Minnesota when asked about the status of Glen Perkins.

A report from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune cites that Cincinnati has scouts in Chicago, presumably looking in on Jesse Crain.

(H/T: MLB Trade Rumors)

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