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Shaun Marcum on his return to the mound

Milwaukee right-hander Shaun Marcum was uncharacteristically wild on Saturday in Cincinnati, when he gave up five free passes and didn't make it out of the fifth inning. He allowed just three earned runs, but still took the loss in his first start with his new club.

At 12:40 p.m. CT on Thursday, Marcum will make his Miller Park debut with a Brewers series win on the line. Milwaukee leads the series, 2-1.

For Marcum, who walked just 43 in 195 1/3 innings last season, his game plan is pretty simple. Or at least, the consequence system he's setting up for himself is.

"If I ever have five walks again, I'll kick my own [butt]," Marcum said. "That won't happen again."

A right-hander, Marcum battled tightness in his throwing shoulder at the end of Spring Training, and the wildness raised some red flags for manager Ron Roenicke. Roenicke, though, said he was encouraged Monday after Marcum's usual bullpen session.

"He's telling me that there's no more pinching going on," Roenicke said. "He had normal tightness. He said that goes along with throwing as many pitches as he ended up throwing. The normal tightness, I'm fine with. I don't think you're ever 100 percent convinced with what happens with a guy, especially with a shoulder. But he says he's fine, and I really believe he's honest with me. Still, you need to get built up to that point where he's at 100-110 pitches and he's got his command."

Marcum is to face Braves' right-hander Tommy Hanson, who didn't make it four innings in his first outing. The Nationals knocked him out after 3 2/3 innings on Saturday.

"Hopefully tomorrow when I go out I can be more consistent with my fastball and all of my pitches," Hanson said. "I think the biggest thing for me is to focus on being down in the zone and try to hit my spots the best I can."

Braves: Chipper gets day off

• Chipper Jones has a scheduled day off on Thursday, giving Matt Young the likely start in left field and Martin Prado the start at the hot corner.

After a 2-for-4 performance Wednesday night, Jones needs just two more hits for 2,500 lifetime. He also had an RBI, putting him six away from 1,500.

• Jair Jurrjens' return is getting closer. The right-hander threw a four-inning simulated game with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday and is still on track to make his season debut April 16 against the Mets.

Jurrjens threw four scoreless innings and was pain free. He's bothered by a strained right oblique muscle, which arose on March 24.

Brewers: Parra on the mend

• Milwaukee right-hander Manny Parra threw two simulated innings at Miller Park on Wednesday and is slated for a Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday at Class A Wisconsin. Parra has a facet joint injury in the middle of his back.

• The Brewers' top Draft pick from 2009 is expected to miss a significant chunk of the season because of a right rotator cuff injury.

Eric Arnett, 23, is 3-13 with a 6.18 ERA in his pro career.

"Let's put it this way," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "It'll be about a month before he throws."

Worth noting

All seven of the Brewers' home runs this season have been solo shots. They did not homer on Wednesday night. ... The Braves' home opener looms on Friday, against the Phillies. Tim Hudson and Cliff Lee are to square off in a marquee matchup.

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