SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Brewers said Monday that they're shutting down Shaun Marcum for 2-3 days, because of right shoulder soreness. They said he'll miss his first scheduled spring training start, but they also said they're not overly concerned.
Should they be?
Perhaps not, because when Marcum dealt with the same issue last spring, he was still ready to start the season on time. He still made 33 starts, still topped 200 innings.
And, manager Ron Roenicke said, "We don't think it's as bad as last year."
Roenicke said that the way it's mapped out, if Marcum comes through the next few days without trouble, he could actually be ahead of the schedule he had last spring.