Sean Marshall threw 22 pitches off the mound on Wednesday in his effort to continue his stalled career.
Marshall escaped extensive surgery earlier in the year when it was discovered his shoulder wasn't injured as badly as he thought it was.
The Reds have counted on a healthy Marshall to stabilize it's bullpen but he's been largely unavailable for two years.
Even with the 2015 season appearing to be a lost cause, Marshall's return is a reason for joy around the Reds' clubhouse.
"The fact that he's throwing off the mound again is like a miracle," Bryan Price said. "Today was his first bullpen. He is going on a trip with us. He hasn't had any setbacks. We just need to build up his arm strength and have him throw his complete mix of pitches."
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"It felt good," said Marshall, who has been limited to 31 appearances in the last two seasons. "I didn't put everything into them the first go round. I threw back-to-back games against the Dodgers (in June). I got Dee Gordon to pop up but I knew they would be the last pitches that I could throw comfortably."
Marshall is in his last year of a three-year extension and plans to get back into competition before the season ends.
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