Word came down late (really late) last night that Marcum had been cleared to pitch in today’s game. You may remember his one inning of work last weekend against the Red Sox. He was removed from that game due to some hip pain. It was officially called, a strained left hip flexor. Now, even though he has been cleared to play, the Brewers need to be smart about this. It is way to early in the season to be risking a long-term injury for one of our 3 aces. Marcum is a trooper and team player though, he had this to say after yesterday’s 5-1 victory over the Rays:
"I want to be out there, but like I said, there are doctors that know a lot more about injuries and stuff than I do. It’s a matter of seeing doctor’s and getting the OK to go out there and play tomorrow."
Shaun will be going up against young superstar, David Price. Price had a similarly poor outing in his last start against…the Red Sox. Weird. How does that happen? Anyway, Marcum has a career 2-2 record against the Rays, with a 3.17 ERA. That should bode well for the boys in blue and gold.
Last night’s victory, paired with the Cardinals getting drubbed by the Phillies, moves the Brewers back to the top of the NL Central. A win today would be another big step in taking control of the NL Central.
Fansided’s minor league site, Seedlings to Stars, wrote up a nice piece about the Brewers 2nd pick (#15 overall) in this years draft. Jed Bradley is a LHP from Georgia Tech. Jonathan Collander gives you a really nice look at what makes this kid unique.
Now, Brewers #12 overall pick, Taylor Jungmann, and the Brewers have begun negotiating his contract. Jungmann was also named NCAA College Baseball’s Player of the Year (Dick Howser Award). Hopefully these negotiations will be quick and painless. Although, it may not matter because the odds of him doing much pitching this season are very small. He threw over 140 innings during this past college baseball season.
Ok, the game is about to start so I have to go. Be sure to check the site tomorrow for a special treat from myself and a one Colin Bennett.