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Brewers undecided on whether Shaun Marcum needs DL

Jun 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Shaun Marcum was scratched from last night’s start with an elbow injury, but the Brewers right-hander said today that “everybody feels confident the ligament is good to go” and there’s no structural damage.

That could mean Marcum will avoid the disabled list and make his next turn in the rotation, but Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers may opt to put him on the DL in order to add an extra pitcher.

Considering Marcum’s history of elbow problems the extra rest probably wouldn’t hurt either way and he spent time on the DL with an injury that “feels similar” back in 2010.

Tyler Thornburg made his big-league debut last night in Marcum’s place, serving up four homers on the way to allowing five runs in 5.1 innings against the Blue Jays.

  1. bla bla bla - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Thornburg looked decent through 5, but then he was gassed and gave up 3 of the homers in the 6th.

    • bougin89 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Yeah Thornburg didn’t pitch for 10 days prior to that and definitely looked gassed in the 6th. All of those pitches were fastballs that were slower 2-3 mph slower and they were right over the middle of the plate. Not the best first start of your career but he definitely showed that he has the stuff to be a MLB pitcher, lets just hope he can put it all together as we may need him to start next year.

  2. itsacurse - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Given that there are no mentions of James Andrews or Lewis Yocum, this would be the most welcome 15 day DL stint of all time.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Its June. when in doubt, DL

  4. mute617 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Thornburg looked much better than his stat line so I’d be fine seeing him fill in for another start or two

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