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Shaun Marcum throws in minors, expects to avoid DL

Mar 21, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

Last week there was some concern that Shaun Marcum would have to begin the season on the disabled list because of his shoulder problems, but today he threw two innings in a minor-league game and said afterward that he doesn’t expect to miss a start.

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Marcum threw 26 pitches and they were “mostly fastballs,” so he still has some hurdles to clear in terms of building up arm strength and pitch count.

Even if his shoulder soreness is no longer an issue Marcum’s health will be worth tracking early in the season, as he faded badly down the stretch last year and showed signs of wearing down.

  1. cintiphil - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    One more reason the Brewers will have a very hard time in the division this year. They need Greinke and Marcum to have great years. This is not good news for them. I pick them for third at best.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      Most teams need 2 of their 5 starters to have good years to compete for the division. Luckily for the Brewersthey still have Gallardo and Wolff. You haven’t said anything noteworthy.

  2. cintiphil - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Except by omission (what I left out for Brew fans). They will go nowhere with two starters they can count on. And, didn’t they just get some more bad news on Braun? And how about another player with injuries? I think it is all going south for the Brew Crew.

    • cintiphil - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Oh yes, I think Hart had gotten beaned or something. Will he be ready in two weeks? Maybe they weren’t counting on him at all.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Sorry phil, hart got hot in the head by a weight bit was already out for a bit anyways. Your Brewer hatred is noted. We’ll see how things play out.

      • shaggytoodle - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:46 AM

        Your right those stiches might take him out of being as effective as he normally is for what 2-4 weeks tops? I think the Crew will hang. It may remind people of the Badgers NCAA team it might be a grinder but they will be able to hang with anyone.

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