Marcum has elbow issue; won’t pitch Tuesday

The Brewers’ Shaun Marcum will miss Tuesday’s scheduled start against his former team because of tightness in his right elbow. The Brewers will either call up a pitcher from Triple-A to start against the Blue Jays or cobble together innings with relievers, manager Ron Roenicke said.

Dr. William Raasch was to examine Marcum’s elbow before Monday’s Interleague Series opener against Toronto. Marcum underwent Tommy John surgery on the same elbow in 2008.

“[Marcum] went to throw his bullpen the other day, and it was still tight,” Roenicke said.

Roenicke was holding out hope that Marcum will miss only one start.

“Sometimes a pitcher says they feel something, and then they go and throw their bullpen and it’s gone,” Roenicke said. “Then other times they say, ‘I don’t think it’s much,’ and then it is something. It’s really hard to tell. … It’s really disappointing because, for quite a few starts, he has pitched great. So it really is disappoiitning.

“I’m hoping it’s just a start. I know, two years ago, he missed a start in the middle of the season with Toronto. Hopefully, that’s what we’re talking about.”

Marcum is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts, second to Zack Greinke among Brewers starters in ERA and tops on the staff with a .227 opponents’ average.


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