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Shaun Marcum may begin the season on the disabled list

Mar 16, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum bobbles a bunt from St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted today that Shaun Marcum is running out of time to recover from his shoulder inflammation by Opening Day, telling Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “the days are getting short.”

Marcum threw a bullpen session today and reported no problems, so he’ll move on to throwing live batting practice Sunday.

Roenicke pointed to Marco Estrada as the likely fill-in if the Brewers need a replacement starter for the first turn through the rotation, although it’s possible they may go with Marcum on a shortened pitch count if the shoulder problems are no longer an issue.

Any disabled list stint can be backdated, so Marcum wouldn’t necessarily have to miss more than one start even if he doesn’t start the season on the active roster. However, he’s had plenty of previous arm problems and faded badly down the stretch last year, so Marcum’s status is definitely a big worry.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I wish him well and hope that it is not serious. Marcum was primarily an infielder in college and never had a classic pitching motion. A few years ago, I read someone predicting that his delivery could lead to arm problems.

  2. jason1214 - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Meanwhile in Toronto, Brett Lawrie will outproduce Aramis Ramirez in 2012.

    • bchsom16 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      That may happen but the Blue jays will still miss the playoffs, whereas Marcum will miss a couple starts and be there the rest of the season for a contending Brewer team with a solid 1-2-3 rotation.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        In other news, so far this spring, the Blue Jays have won 12, lost 2 and tied 1 game. Their starting pitchers have all looked very good.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        I believe it was the Royals who had a heck of a spring training record a few years ago only to lose close to 100 games. Spring training means nothing

      • jason1214 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        Maybe so, but the Brewers window will be closing soon, especially when Greinke leaves. I’ll give you Brewer fans credit, you defend this trade to the death I just don’t like it long term at all.

      • paperlions - Mar 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Thanks for the chuckle, quoting spring training records…hehehe…good stuff.

        Best Grapefruit ST record in 2011: Minnesota
        Top 2 Cactus ST records: SF & KC

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Because it was a good trade for the Brewers. You act as if we don’t know our window is closing. In the meantime Lawrie was a player who was blocked in our organization by guys who had proved their ability at the MLB level while he had not. The Brewers have a division title and an NLCS appearance in thanks to this trade. There was no sense in thinking long term when the future was now.

    • jason1214 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Relax brewcrew, I’m just saying for me I would’ve preferred a younger, better, cost controlled arm than Marcum is all. Granted this is all hingsight.

  4. lameasish - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Whatever makes you feel better brewcrew…do you really think you will make the playoffs this year?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      I’m not saying the Crew will make the playoffs but they have a fighting chance. They still have a decent rotation. The bullpen is solid and the lineup is still pretty good even without Fielder assuming everybody plays to their past abilities.

  5. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Haha I’m not a fan of either team but I love the blue jay fans who think they ripped the brewers off. Marcum was a hugeee reason the brewers won their division last year an could be a hugeee reason why they win it again this year where as, sure you guys got a someone who might bash 35hrs but your still not gona sniff the playoffs

  6. tonyc920 - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    It’s just plain ridiculous that everyone thinks that Fielder leaving in free agency is the end of the Brewers run. Believe me, with the improvements at 3rd and SS, and whoever plays 1st will be a defensive improvement, my money says we will be just fine. We’ve got plenty of pop in the bats and an improved line up at the plate when we consider batting average, if the pitching stays good like last year, the CREW will be relevant come late September. And they will resign Grienke or Marcum and they also have young talent at AA & AAA ball that look like contributors late this season.

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