Marcum ready to resume mound work

Brewers starter Shaun Marcum was poised Saturday to re-start a series of mound sessions after resting a sore right shoulder, and the club still hopes he’ll be part of the Opening Day pitching rotation.

Marcum is dealing with a stiff shoulder for the second straight spring. He has yet to pitch in the Cactus League, but played long toss for a third straight day and is expected to throw a bullpen on Sunday or Monday, manager Ron Roenicke said.

“I talked to him this morning, and he thought, timing-wise, he is actually ahead of where he was last year,” Roenicke said. “Last year, it was close. We didn’t know if he was going to be ready at the beginning or not. I think he’ll probably be in the same boat this year.”

The Brewers’ original plan appeared to slot Marcum for the fourth game of the regular season, On April 9 at Chicago. If that changes, Roenicke said he would not expect Marcum to miss more than one start. The Brewers could use swingman Marco Estrada in his spot. They need to make two full turns through the five-man rotation before the season’s first off day.

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