PHOENIX -- Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum will back off his throwing program after developing some tenderness in his shoulder for the second straight spring, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday.
Roenicke downplayed the news, saying the Brewers already had Marcum on a conservative program this spring after he threw a career-high 210 innings in 2011, including the postseason, two years removed from Tommy John elbow surgery. Marcum and Yovani Gallardo came into camp scheduled for just six Spring Training starts beginning around March 10, Roenicke said.
Marcum also had a shoulder issue last spring.
"He says he has it every spring," Roenicke said.
Marcum's shoulder was more inflamed last year, when he missed a Cactus League start but was able to start the regular season on time and was the Brewers' most consistent starting pitcher for much of the first half.
But he sagged down the stretch, allowing 50 hits and 34 earned runs in his final 41 innings, covering five September starts and three more in the postseason.
"We're not that concerned about it, but we talked about it and we didn't think either one of those guys [Marcum or Gallardo] needed as many innings as some of the other starters," Roenicke said.
Marcum, 30, is a free agent at season's end and was pleased with the cautious plan.
"We don't need throw 20 innings in Spring Training," he said. "That's pointless. Spring Training is so long for everybody, by the end of it you're wasting pitches and wasting time."