MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers were considering their options Wednesday for sidelined right-hander Shaun Marcum, including a possible stint on the 15-day disabled list that would allow for a fresh player to join the active roster.
Marcum underwent an MRI exam on Monday that showed nothing out of the ordinary in his surgically repaired right elbow, which stiffened on the final pitch of his last start. He remained confident Wednesday that his injury was not serious, but with his next start -- which, because of off-days, would not come until June 30 or July 1 -- in doubt, the Brewers may opt to bring someone in.
"We may have to," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who played Wednesday's game with only four bench players and a worn-out relief corps.
The Brewers have a number of roster moves pending. Infielder Cesar Izturis, currently at Triple-A Nashville rehabbing a hamstring injury, was scheduled to rejoin the Brewers on Friday in Chicago. First baseman Travis Ishikawa (rib cage) was scheduled to return Saturday.
And right-hander Marco Estrada (quadriceps) was to throw 75 pitches in one last Triple-A start on Thursday before rejoining the Brewers' rotation in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Marcum, meanwhile, will remain shut down until Friday. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008, but said the current setback is more like '10, when he spent the All-Star break on the DL and missed only one start.
"Everybody is confident that the ligament is good to go," said Marcum, who is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts.