Marcum expects to be ready
Marcum made that prediction after pitching in a game for the first time this spring. He had been set back by shoulder inflammation that required an injection. Appearing in a Class AAA contest against Cincinnati at the minor-league complex at Maryvale Baseball Park, Marcum went two innings, allowing one hit—a home run—with no walks and two strikeouts.
Marcum, who threw 26 pitches, said his next turn would come Sunday, on a day shorter rest than normal. He said he expected to make his first regular-season start on April 9 or 10 against the Cubs in Chicago, the Brewers’ first road series.
That schedule would make him the No. 4 or 5 starter in the rotation and give Marcum four spring starts. Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke and Randy Wolf are expected to start in the season-opening series against St. Louis at Miller Park.
“Everything felt good,” said Marcum. “I threw 26 pitches, mostly fastballs and a couple of cutters here and there. I located pretty well, didn’t walk anybody, threw mostly strikes. I was pretty happy with it for the most part. Now it’s taking another step and getting ready to pitch on Sunday.”
Marcum referred to last spring, when he also fell behind other pitchers with a shoulder issue but recovered in time to open the season in the rotation.
“I should throw 45-50 pitches on Sunday,” he said. “I want to make all my starts. I need to get my pitch count built up to make that start.”
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke agreed that Marcum could open the season in the rotation if things go well over the next two weeks.
Hart suffers head injury
Spring training is just not Corey Hart’s thing.
Hart needed eight stitches to close a wound on his head after a weight-room accident Tuesday after the Brewers’ morning workout. He was working out on a weight machine when an overhead metal bar snapped back and whacked him on the head.
“It knocked me silly,” said Hart.
Hart, who also incurred a smaller cut on his forehead, already has had surgery in camp to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He has recovered sooner than expected and still hopes to be on the opening-day roster despite the head wound.
Hart missed most of camp last spring with a strained oblique that forced him to go on the DL at the start of the season.
“I need to skip spring training and go right to the season next year,” said Hart. “It’s pretty sore, but I’ll be OK. I have a little headache.”
Roenicke could only shake his head when recounting Hart’s spring misfortunes.
“He’s had a couple of rough springs,” said Roenicke.
On the field
The Brewers and Diamondbacks failed to score in a game called after nine innings. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo scattered seven hits over 4 2/3 innings, and relievers Tim Dillard, Jose Veras, Zach Braddock and Mike McClendon covered the rest of the game. Nyjer Morgan had two of the Brewers’ five hits, including a double.
Roenicke said left fielder Ryan Braun was “a little better” as he deals with right groin tightness. He is expected to play again Friday after today’s off day.
Roenicke said he expects Braun to want to play more over the final two weeks of camp. “We’ll start going at it a little bit more when he comes back,” said Roenicke, “if he’s healthy.”