Mending Marcum to throw simulated game Sunday

Mending Marcum to throw simulated game Sunday

ST. LOUIS -- Brewers starter Shaun Marcum is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday before Milwaukee takes on St. Louis for Game 3 of a weekend series. Marcum, who's been shelved since mid-June with right elbow soreness, will face hitters for the first time in nearly two months and expects to throw around 40 pitches.

"Obviously not try to hit anybody," Marcum joked when asked on Friday if he had specific goals set for the simulated game. "Don't want to hurt any of my teammates. But the main thing will be the up and down, trying to simulate between innings and seeing how I bounce back from that. But the way things have been going, I don't anticipate having any problems."

Marcum threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday, his first time pitching since heading to the disabled list. The right-hander said he felt no soreness or tightness in his elbow after that workout, which was a major step in the right direction.

If all goes well on Saturday, Marcum's next step would be at least two Minor League rehabilitation appearances. He is eligible to come off the 60-day DL beginning on Aug. 14. Before he starts looking too far ahead, Marcum wants to mix up all his pitches with batters in the box on Saturday.

"It's tough to sit back to watch for almost two months," Marcum said. "It's been awhile, and I'm looking forward to getting out on the mound."