Marshall back with club, official return nears

Marshall back with club, official return nears

WASHINGTON -- The return of left-hander Sean Marshall appears to be getting closer.

Marshall re-joined the Reds in Washington on Thursday after making two rehab appearances for Triple-A Louisville this week. He was eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday and threw a perfect first inning Monday night against Indianapolis. Marshall also added a shutout inning Thursday against Gwinnett.

"I'm feeling great," Marshall said. "I felt good. I felt strong. I felt healthy. I threw all my pitches again, [and] all's going well. Just waiting for the final call."

Manager Dusty Baker also seemed optimistic in regard to Marshall. Before Thursday's series opener with the Nationals, Baker said the team wants to see how Marshall felt after Wednesday's effort.

In addition, the skipper also said it's probably good to give Marshall a day or two to rest from his last outing even if the Reds do activate him. But Marshall's certainly almost there.

"It's close," Baker said. "It's real close. He said he's feeling good, so we'll see."

Marshall has pitched just one game so far this season. He faced the Nationals on April 7 but went on disabled list April 10 due to tendinitis in his left shoulder.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.