The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering Marcum was scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, not to mention manager Ron Roenicke appeared confident the right-hander would be returning to the team soon.
“Yesterday was good; he’s going to try to throw a bullpen today, and continue on with the plan that they’ve been going on,” Roenicke had said. “He played catch (Saturday), and it was good.”
Marcum has battled injuries throughout the season, which started in spring training when he experienced tenderness in his right shoulder in the early part of March. He was forced to take time off to rest, which postponed his throwing program until the last week of March. His last start was June 14 against the Kansas City Royals and he has been officially on the disabled list since June 23.
Considering the Brewers are out of the playoff hunt, the news is not all bad, as the team will now get quality looks at some of their young starters of the future. With Zack Greinke gone via trade with the Los Angeles Angels the Brewers have already brought up Mark Rogers to make the start today.
It will be interesting to see who else gets an opportunity depending on how Rogers fares. Roenicke made it clear he would like to see Wily Peralta, widely considered Milwaukee’s No. 1 pitching prospect, to get another chance at a starting role before the season is over. The Brewers have made it clear they will be rebuilding part of the team and the first order of business is to see who is capable of playing consistently at the major league level within the farm system.