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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Shoulder tendinitis put Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall on the disabled list last season from May 24-Sept. 16. In mid-July, he was almost ready to return when he had a setback. Overall, that limited Marshall to 16 appearances for the season.

Marshall worked in the offseason to make sure the injury didn't repeat itself this season.

"I'm at full go," Marshall said on Friday as Reds camp opened. "I had a nice offseason. I did a lot of stuff to keep the shoulder strong and stable. So far, I've thrown off the mound twice. I've been building my arm strength up in January. I'm feeling good. I'll throw in the bullpen with the guys [Saturday]."

Marshall is behind schedule, compared to past Spring Trainings, but that is by design.

"I think last year, I had five or six bullpens before I got here, just because I wanted to feel fresh and strong," Marshall said. "I'll take it a little slower this year in Spring Training and peak at the right time, instead of a week and a half before camp ends and injure yourself."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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