Shaun Marcum hasn’t pitched for the Brewers since June 14 due to right elbow tightness, but that should change very soon.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Marcum allowed just one run over six innings tonight in his latest rehab start with Low-A Wisconsin. He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out three.
Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com reported earlier this evening that Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke will meet tomorrow to discuss changes in the starting rotation, but assuming Marcum came out of tonight’s outing feeling good, he should be activated from the disabled list to start Saturday or Sunday against the Pirates.
Marcum, 30, had a 3.39 ERA and 77/26 K/BB ratio in 82 1/3 innings over 13 starts prior to being placed on the disabled list. The veteran right-hander is due to hit free agency this offseason.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.