The Reds implicitly confirmed that Sean Marshall's "shoulder fatigue" is more serious than it sounds when the team placed the lefty on the 15-day disabled list earlier this morning. Per Jim Day on Twitter, the Reds recalled Logan Ondrusek from double-A Pensacola. (He has since corrected the original tweet.)
#Reds put Sean Marshall on 15-Day Disabled List and recall Logan Ondrusek from Louisville.— Jim Day (@JimDayTV) April 10, 2013
After an interesting week of reliever usage, the Reds will now operate with a fully functional bullpen. The usage of Marshall was truly puzzling, as he made only one appearance while J.J. Hoover pitched in five of the first eight games, tossing 117 pitches in that span. Marshall's one appearance in Sunday's game versus the Nationals means that Cincinnati can retroactively place him on the DL, which shaves two days off of his 15 day trip. Unfortunately, the Reds could have placed Marshall on the DL dating back to his last appearance in spring training, but his one outing "reset" his accumulated DL-eligible days to zero.
What should we expect from Logan Ondrusek after his shaky performance last year? Well, ZiPS (hi Dan!) projects Ondrusek to strike out about 6.5 batters per nine innings, walk about 4.5 per nine, and post an ERA of 4.52. That's a pretty ugly line for a reliever. His projected 4.88 FIP produces negative WAR when stretched over a full season. Despite Ondrusek's low level of expected performance, his presence will probably improve the Reds as the team stands now, given that the club's been playing with a 24-man roster.