Brewers shut down ailing Marcum through Thursday
Pitcher scratched from Saturday pre-season start because of shoulder soreness
Pitcher Shaun Marcum will remain in shut-down mode through Thursday, at least.
The Milwaukee Brewers right-hander continued to feel soreness in his shoulder while playing catch Sunday and Monday, and has been scratched from Saturday’s scheduled spring training start.
Some believe Marcum, who missed the 2009 season with the Toronto Blue Jays following elbow ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery, was given a cortisone injection earlier this week to calm down the inflammation in his shoulder.
Brewers management is confident it can follow the same path as last spring when Marcum missed one start due to a stiff right shoulder.
"It’s the same thing he had last spring," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, adding there were no concerns the hurler would not be ready for the start of the regular season in a month.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke previously said Marcum would be held to six spring training starts after tossing 200 innings in the regular season and another 9 2/3 innings in the post-season in which he allowed 16 runs for an ugly 14.90 earned-run average.
Marcum was much more effective in 33 regular-season starts, posting a 13-7 record and 3.54 ERA while striking out 158. He went 6-1 in his first 10 starts.