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Rival Report 4/26: Arm injuries, Plush-Campana footrace, and the 26th man

Remember these? Let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the NL Central. Now presenting your first Rival Report in a few weeks. Let’s talk to it:

  • Former Chicago Cubs reliever Sean Marshall is getting the opportunity to close ballgames, and according to Cincinnati Reds reporter Mark Sheldon, he’s getting the job done. The lefty has struck out 10 and collected 4 saves so far in 2012.

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Arbitration in the NL Central, part one

A total of 34 players in the National League Central Division were eligible for arbitration this year. Players with between three and six years of service time (like Jed Lowrie), pending free agents who accepted the club’s arbitration offer (like Francisco Rodriguez), and those special “Super Two” players (like Garrett Jones) have had their names pop up in headlines over the past few days. Twenty-five of those have come to agreements with their respective ball clubs, leaving 9 others to negotiate with their teams until a hearing scheduled sometime in February.

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