Mar 26, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Brett Marshall (41) throws against the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Marshall injured; Alfredo Simon named 5th starter

The Cincinnati Reds spring training injury woes keep on coming. On the last day in Arizona for the Reds word came out that RHP Brett Marshall, who was vying for the #5 spot in the rotation until Mat Latos returned, injured a ligament in his finger in his final start and will likely head to the disabled list.

Marshall was battling with RHP Alfredo Simon for the spot and it seemed that Bryan Price was learning towards Marshall taking the spot so that Simon could pitch in the bullpen. The injury of course made the decision for the Reds manager as Price named Simon the starter in the 6th game of the season against the New York Mets.

The injury not only put Simon into the rotation but it also opened up another spot in the Reds decimated bullpen. With Mat Latos and Jonathan Broxton not expected to miss much time to begin the season, it may be in the best interest of the Reds to fill out the spots with guys already on the 40-man roster to avoid risking the loss of players to other organizations for a one and two week reliever.

That could open up spots for a few guys such as Pedro Beato, Nick Christiani, Carlos Contreras, David Holmberg, Curtis Partch or Chad Rogers.While only Beato and Christiani remain in big league camp with the Reds, despite being optioned already the others are all eligible to be on the opening day roster if they are filling in for an injured player. Injured players are something that the Reds have plenty of, unfortunately. The roster must be set on Sunday afternoon, so it will be interesting to see how the Reds play the roster game to fill out the bullpen.

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