Right-hander Shaun Marcum exited his outstanding start against the White Sox on Thursday with a tight shoulder, an issue that would be considered minor if so many of his teammates were not dealing with their own medical matters.
“It’s frustrating. We’ve got two weeks left [until Opening Day] and it seems like everybody is going down,” he said. “I want to be one of the guys who stays healthy and is able to play when it’s my time.
“Then again, it is Spring Training. I’d rather miss two weeks of Spring Training than two months of the season. That’s the way I’m looking at it right now.”
He’s actually hoping to miss a day or two before resuming his routine, but those decisions will be made by the team’s athletic training staff. Marcum is scheduled to be the Brewers’ No. 2 starter, working April 2 against the Reds.
Marcum has been dealing with shoulder tightness all spring, but offered this bit of perspective about his early exit:
“If it’s regular season, especially August, September, I’m pitching through it and not saying a word,” he said.
It has been a tough first four weeks of Spring Training for Milwaukee’s medical staff, which has treated possible Opening Day starter Zack Greinke for a cracked rib, catcher Jonathan Lucroy for a fractured finger, center fielder Carlos Gomez and reliever Manny Parra for stiff backs, right fielder Corey Hart and left fielder Ryan Braun for rib-cage strains, second baseman Rickie Weeks for a tight groin, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt for a sore quadriceps, plus nursed closer John Axford back from food poisoning.
That’s not the full injury report, only the list of players who are or were expected to make the Opening Day roster. All have either exited a Cactus League game early or missed a game entirely.
Marcum hopes his hiatus is brief, but manager Ron Roenicke is concerned, to say the least.
“There’s definitely concern there,” Roenicke said. “Geez, we’re in a tough spot if he’s down for a while.”
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