Shaun Marcum Injury: Brewers Ace Hopes To Make Next Start

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Shaun Marcum Leaves Second Straight Start Early, Will Still Make Next Start

Shaun Marcum is off to a fantastic start for the Milwaukee Brewers, going 7-2 with a 2.85 ERA and a stellar strikeout-to-walk ratio in 15 starts for his new team. His start against the Red Sox on Friday was cut short, though, with what was described as a strained hip flexor.

He made his next start on Wednesday against the Rays, but after 54 pitches, Marcum left his again with what was assumed to be a recurrence of the injury. Turns out, though, that the Brewers were planning on pulling him early. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Despite the hip strain that shortened his previous outing to one inning in Boston, Marcum was given the start for what manager Ron Roenicke had decided would be a shortened outing. 

Marco Estrada came on in long relief for the Brewers, and he likely will step into the rotation if Marcum were to miss a start, but Marcum told the Journal-Sentinel that he isn't expecting that:

“But it felt good when I was pitching. I didn’t notice it or feel anything out there on the mound. If I didn’t (pitch) it would have been even more of a setback. I’m definitely glad I pitched today. I’m glad I came out of the game healthy, or healthier, I feel like, and be ready to go next week.”

Good news for a team that put a lot of effort into turning their rotation from a weakness into a strength this offseason, but haven't had a lot of luck of getting their new pitchers healthy at the same time.

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Shaun Marcum Injury: Brewers Ace Hopes To Make Next Start

Last Friday at Fenway Park, Brewers righthander Shaun Marcum left his start against the Red Sox after just one inning, in which he allowed four hits and two runs, including a home run to Jacoby Ellsbury. Reports were that Marcum had some kind of hip problem, though Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt tweeted otherwise on Friday:

#Brewers are not reporting any injury to Marcum. Maybe they just didn't want to send him back out after a 44-pitch inning.

On Tuesday, Todd Rosiak of the Journal-Sentinel reported that Marcum has a strained hip flexor, but hopes to make his next scheduled start. Team doctors said the injury "wasn't serious", and:

Marcum then did some light throwing prior to the Brewers' game with the Tampa Bay Rays at Miller Park, followed by a bullpen session in which he threw about 25 pitches off the mound.

A decision on whether Marcum will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday probably won't be finalized until Tuesday, after he does some more work, including fielding ground balls to see how his hip reacts to getting off the mound.

Curiouser and curiouser. Marcum has been the Brewers' ace this year, going 7-2 with a team-leading 2.85 ERA. His next scheduled start would be Wednesday. If Marcum can't go, Rosiak reports, Marco Estrada will start against the Rays.

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