Marcum works pitch count up, feels good

Marcum works pitch count up, feels good

Marcum works pitch count up, feels good
PHOENIX -- Shaun Marcum left Wednesday's Cactus League finale ready for more after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings against the D-backs.

"I felt good there that last inning," Marcum said. "I got to 78 pitches, and I felt like I still had more in the tank, so I definitely felt good and I'm ready to get the season started. Now the fun stuff starts."

Marcum gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out three. It was only his second Cactus League outing, having pitched three scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Dodgers on March 25. He is scheduled to start the Brewers' fourth game of the season in Chicago on Monday.

"He'll be able to go up somewhere around 90 [pitches] next time, and hopefully we'll get to that point where he's late in the ballgame," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I thought his fastball was good -- it had a lot of life on it. He threw some nice changeups. Nice sliders. He got a little bit off the one inning, but I thought he threw the ball well."

Marcum started the spring with a stiff shoulder, but both he and Roenicke believe the shoulder issues are behind him. He credits an offseason program with a lot of long toss for coming to camp with his arm in "great shape," making it that much easier to bounce back once he got back on the mound and into game situations.

Pitching into the fifth Wednesday gave Marcum ample opportunity to experience the pattern of pitching, sitting for a half inning, then pitching again multiple times throughout the game.

"[My goals were to] get the pitch counts up, get the ups and downs, and make sure that when I come out to warm up at the start of an inning that I was loosening up quick, and I was, so it was nice," Marcum said. "I really wasn't focused on results or anything like that. I thought I located the fastball very well, except for a couple two-seamers. Other than that I thought it was a pretty good job."