Shaun Marcum may be on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster, after all.
After delivering three shutout frames in his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Dodgers, Marcum tossed five shutout innings in a minor league exhibition game this afternoon. He allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking none.
Marcum has been slowed this spring due to shoulder inflammation, so the Brewers kept him on the minor league side this time around so they would still have the option to backdate a potential stint on the disabled list. However, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke previously told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that if Marcum threw well today, he would throw in another Cactus League game before the team broke camp. It looks like he’ll get his chance.
Marcum, 30, posted a 3.54 ERA and 158/57 K/BB ratio over a career-high 200 2/3 innings last season. He is due to hit free agency this offseason.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.