Marcum has issues getting loose during BP

Marcum has issues getting loose during BP

MILWAUKEE -- After injured Brewers starter Shaun Marcum's bullpen session on Tuesday brought back positive reviews, his one on Friday wasn't as successful, manager Ron Roenicke said.

"The other day, there were no issues at all," Roenicke said. "Arm strength was good, ball came out good, shoulder [and] elbow both felt fine. Today, he didn't feel as good."

Marcum has been on the disabled list since mid-June with right elbow tightness. He threw 15 pitches on Friday, but pitching coach Rick Kranitz said Marcum's arm "wasn't quite getting loose." Kranitz indicated that Marcum's shoulder was the issue, not his elbow.

Out of action since June 14, Marcum is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA on the year. Originally, Roenicke expected Marcum to miss a start or two, but the process has taken much longer.

Was Friday's bullpen session a setback?

"Maybe," Roenicke said.

Kranitz anticipated Marcum would play catch on flat ground on Saturday, and then more decisions would be made from there. He has not been told that Marcum would need to be shut down.

"That's how I'm looking at it right now -- no one's hearing alarm bells or anything like that," Kranitz said.

Roenicke said he would likely know more about Marcum's status on Saturday, after head athletic trainer Dan Wright had a chance to look at him. The good news, Kranitz said, was that Marcum's workout was not cut short because of pain.

"So, it's just like, 'Well, do we push through it?'" Kranitz said. "No, there's no need to push through it. ... He's a competitor; he wants to pitch. He wants to get out there as soon as possible. That's all part of it."

Marcum is a free agent after the season.