CHICAGO -- Reds left-hander Sean Marshall is close to making his 2014 debut after pitching on back-to-back days for Triple-A Louisville. He missed all of Spring Training because of a sore left shoulder.
"I've been pleased about the way everything's been going," Marshall said. "I threw a bunch of games in Arizona down there, and then extended spring. I was pitching just about every other day down there, so just feeling good bouncing back nice. Had back-to-back appearances in Louisville Tuesday and Wednesday -- those felt good, arm strength was good, ball was spinning well and I felt good. I had yesterday off, and I don't know what the plan is for this weekend."
Manager Bryan Price said Marshall could debut at some point during the Cubs series. It would be quite a coincidence for Marshall to make his season debut at Wrigley Field, having spent his first six years with the Cubs.
"Yeah, I had a lot of good memories here and a lot of fun years pitching in this ballpark," Marshall said. "And whenever I come back here to Chicago, I get to stay in my house. I live here in the offseason, and so it's home for me, so it's nice. The weather's usually chilly, wind's blowing around, so it makes it a little different conditions to play in. But I've seen it before, the guys on this team have seen it before, so we're just going to try to win some games."
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.