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.

Phillies promote Chris Young to pitching coach position

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Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.

Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.

The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.