Brewers undecided on whether Shaun Marcum needs DL

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Shaun Marcum was scratched from last night’s start with an elbow injury, but the Brewers right-hander said today that “everybody feels confident the ligament is good to go” and there’s no structural damage.

That could mean Marcum will avoid the disabled list and make his next turn in the rotation, but Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers may opt to put him on the DL in order to add an extra pitcher.

Considering Marcum’s history of elbow problems the extra rest probably wouldn’t hurt either way and he spent time on the DL with an injury that “feels similar” back in 2010.

Tyler Thornburg made his big-league debut last night in Marcum’s place, serving up four homers on the way to allowing five runs in 5.1 innings against the Blue Jays.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.