‘Quiet’ Deadline Day for Brewers
The Miller Park war room was quiet as Tuesday’s nonwaiver Trade Deadline came and went, but keep an eye on Milwaukee in August. Remember, teams can still swing deals if they pass players through waivers first, and the Brewers have two or three potential candidates in starter Shaun Marcum, reliever Francisco Rodriguez and maybe starter Randy Wolf. Marcum would have to get healthy and Rodriguez and Wolf would need some better results to entice buyers, who must acquire a player by Aug. 31 to have him eligible for postseason play.
Marcum looks like the Brewers’ most attractive chip, assuming he can get over the stiff elbow that has sidelined him since mid-June. Before that injury, Marcum owned a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts and a .227 average against. He is a free agent after the season.
He’s scheduled to throw another bullpen session today or tomorrow, then a simulated game over the weekend in St. Louis before heading out for a rehabilitation assignment. Marcum could be ready to rejoin the Brewers’ rotation after his stint on the 60-day disabled list ends Aug. 14.
Moving a starting pitcher or two before the end of the season would make sense for the Brewers because they want a look at some of the young arms who will figure into the 2013 rotation. Mike Fiers has already pitched himself into the discussion, and Mark Rogers is scheduled for his second start of the season on Saturday. At some point, you figure the Brewers will bring back Tyler Thornburg from Triple-A Nashville, and they would also like to see Wily Peralta in the big leagues before the year is out.
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