CHICAGO -- Brewers starter Shaun Marcum did little to boost his trade value on Thursday, when he lasted only four innings and exited with cramping in his right calf before the Brewers lost to the Cubs, 12-11 at Wrigley Field.
Now the question is whether Marcum will wear a Brewers uniform for his next start. The team reportedly placed him on trade waivers earlier this week, and may be motivated to move Marcum before Friday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for teams to acquire a player and have him eligible for Postseason Play. Such a move could save about $1.3 million in salary, and could give Marcum an opportunity to finish the season with a contender.
He labored against the Cubs in his second Major League start since a two-month stint on the disabled list for an elbow injury. Marcum walked the leadoff man in each of the first two innings, and saw both runners score as Chicago built a 3-0 lead.
Marcum said the cramping in his right calf began in the third inning.
"There were a couple of pitches I felt it there, and it just didn't go away," he said. "It was a little bit warmer out there than I anticipated, but I was hydrated. I started cramping up there. I don't know what the problem was."
He is 5-4 this season, with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts.
Asked whether the trading deadline would be on his mind Friday, Marcum said, "It will be a normal day for me."