Shaun Marcum tosses five scoreless innings in minor league game

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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.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.