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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Johnny Cueto and Sean Marshall Prepare For Stretch Run

The fact that the Reds are solidly in the hunt for the division championship is testament to its pitching depth both in the starting rotation and the bullpen.

Sean Marshall threw 23 pitchers of live batting practice, a simulated game.

“I try to put myself in game situations. I imagine the crowd and everything,” Marshall said.

Marshall has been on the disabled list twice, the most recent stint began on May 24,  His sprained left shoulder has allowed him to work just 11 games and just seven innings.

After a couple of setbacks along the way it appears that Marshall may be able to help the Reds over the last dozen games of the season.

Marshall is not as sharp as he would like but his shoulder is finally pain free.

“It felt good. I was throwing all my pitches," Marshall said. "The shoulder feels good – strong. It makes me feel like all my work paid off. I felt like I executed my pitches. I rolled a couple of curveballs, but that crispness will come back.”

It is good news to Dusty Baker who had to make do with one left-hander out of the bullpen besides closer Aroldis Chapman.  Baker had to pick his spots for Parra who has put together a solid season to date.

“He threw the ball pretty good," Baker said. "It was coming out of his hand easy, and he had a good look on his face. A lot of times, your face tells you whether you’re in any kind of pain. What did he say?”

(Marshall said he felt good.)

“Good. If he’s happy, we’re happy. Anything they (Marshall, Cueto) can give us will be a plus,"

Cueto will throw his second simulated game on Wednesday.  He may work out of the bullpen the rest of the season.

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