Shaun Marcum leaves start with calf injury

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Shaun Marcum lasted just four innings today in his second start back from the disabled list, leaving with an injury after throwing 85 pitches against the Cubs.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the injury wasn’t to his arm, as the Brewers announced that Marcum was dealing with right calf cramping.

All of which means there’s still some chance of Milwaukee being able to trade the impending free agent tomorrow, although Marcum wasn’t impressive before leaving and spent more than two months on the DL.

Odds are he’ll stay with the Brewers and hit the open market this offseason, and considering his injury history it’ll be interesting to see if teams are willing to make a big multi-year commitment to a pitcher who, when healthy, has been a solid No. 2 or No. 3 starter.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.