Reds place Sean Marshall on DL, call up Logan Ondrusek

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Sean Marshall was on the active roster but unavailable for the first week of the season due to shoulder fatigue, finally made his 2013 debut on Sunday, and is now headed to the disabled list with what’s being called tendinitis.

Marshall threw a scoreless inning Sunday and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but afterward manager Dusty Baker was quoted as saying “he’s not right.”

To replace Marshall on the roster and in the bullpen the Reds called up Logan Ondrusek, the 6-foot-8 right-hander who spent most of the past three seasons in Cincinnati’s bullpen logging a combined 175 innings with a 3.45 ERA. It speaks to the Reds’ reliever depth that a guy with as much big-league success as Ondrusek was in the minors to begin with, but they’ll definitely still miss Marshall.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.