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Shaun Marcum pulled from start with shoulder tightness

Mar 17, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

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The Brewers will already be without Zack Greinke for the first couple weeks of the 2011 season because of a fractured rib. Might another one of their top starters be on the sidelines for Opening Day?

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, right-hander Shaun Marcum was pulled after just three innings Thursday against the White Sox due to tightness in his throwing shoulder. Marcum was supposed to throw 75 pitches, but he fell well short of that goal.

The 29-year-old former Blue Jay told Haudricourt and the other reporters in Brewers camp that he doesn’t anticipate missing his next start and that he would have continued had it been a regular season outing:

“We don’t want to push it and take a chance of doing something stupid,” said Marcum. “We thought it would be best to come out now and go about it that route. It felt good the first two innings and in between the second and third it started tightening up. We just decided it would be in the best interest to not go back out. If this is regular season, especially August or September, I’m pitching through it and not saying a word.”

For now we have to take Marcum at his word, but ESPN’s Buster Olney heard from Brewers manager Ron Roenicke that the organization is at least somewhat concerned that this could be a lingering issue.

  1. saints97 - Mar 18, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    You can hear Jonny Gomes tuning up, if you listen closely.

  2. Panda Claus - Mar 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Milwaukee’s not that far from Green Bay. Has the magical karma worn off that quickly?

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    He was healthy when the Jays traded him; however, some observers thought that he might have trouble in the future due to his pitching mechanics.

    • spudchukar - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      Not so sure about his health at the time of the trade. I am pretty sure the Jays had to sit him for a period late last year.

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