D-backs' Evan Marshall shows off protective cap

PHOENIX -- The next step in Evan Marshall's return to the pitcher's mound is apparently complete.

Marshall, who suffered a fractured skull after being struck in the head by a line drive in early August while pitching for Triple-A Reno, tweeted out a photo Wednesday of him and his wife, Allie, modeling a protective cap.

Marshall was called up from Reno on Tuesday and placed on the 60-day disabled list. Although he stated his desire to return to pitching this season during a visit to Chase Field two weeks ago, the disabled list designation means he won't take the mound again in 2015. But he's apparently already gearing up for spring training.

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Marshall underwent surgery to relieve fluid buildup on the brain at a hospital in El Paso immediately after being hit and is undergoing outpatient therapy at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.