Marcum won't return until after All-Star break

Marcum won't return until after All-Star break

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum threw 35 pitches on flat ground on Friday, but his stiff right elbow will sideline him through the All-Star break, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

"I don't think he'll make a start before the All-Star break. I don't think there's any way we can do that," Roenicke said.

Roenicke said Marcum was, "a little better, but still felt it," referring to the tightness in his elbow that developed after a June 14 start in Kansas City. Marcum is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but the Brewers will instead continue to start rookie right-hander Mike Fiers, who is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the D-backs and again on Thursday against the Marlins.

Marcum has been one of the Brewers' most effective first-half starting pitchers for the second straight season, with a 3.39 ERA. He's held opponents to a .227 batting average, best among Brewers starters.

"Hopefully we get him to where he's confident that he can go out there and throw the ball and not feel anything," Roenicke said. "That's where we're trying to get him to."

Marcum underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the same elbow in 2008, but had an MRI scan last week that revealed no new damage to the joint, Roenicke said.