03/10/12 2:55 PM ET
Dillard, Perez in the mix for bullpen
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Marcum ready to return to bullpen mound
PHOENIX -- Brewers starter Shaun Marcum was poised to re-start a series of mound sessions after resting a sore right shoulder, and the club still hopes he'll be part of the Opening Day pitching rotation.Marcum is dealing with a stiff shoulder for the second straight spring. He has yet to pitch in the Cactus League, but played long toss on Saturday for a third straight day and is expected to throw a bullpen on Sunday or Monday, manager Ron Roenicke said. "I talked to him this morning, and he thought, timing-wise, he is actually ahead of where he was last year," Roenicke said. "Last year, it was close. We didn't know if he was going to be ready at the beginning [of the season] or not. I think he'll probably be in the same boat this year. The Brewers' original plan appeared to slot Marcum for the fourth game of the regular season, On April 9 at Chicago. If that changes, Roenicke said he would not expect Marcum to miss more than one start. The Brewers could use swingman Marco Estrada in his spot. They need to make two full turns through the five-man rotation before the season's first off day.
Kintzler seeking answers to elbow pain
PHOENIX -- A disconsolate Brandon Kintzler said Saturday he is still experiencing significant discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow, a blow to his bid for a job in the Brewers' bullpen.Kintzler, a leading candidate for one of two open bullpen spots, sat at his locker with his head down while teammates prepared for a busy day in Brewers camp -- split-squad games against the Cubs and Giants. Kintzler was hoping to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday against the Rockies, but Friday's round of live batting practice did not go well, and the elbow was feeling even worse Saturday morning. "Like I never had surgery in the first place," Kintzler said. He was to be examined Saturday by Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers' head physician who performed Kintzler's surgery The elbow has given Kintzler trouble for nearly a year. He missed most of last season with an injury that was eventually diagnosed as a fracture, and required surgery in late July to insert a screw. Kintzler reported to Spring Training healthy, and an X-ray of his elbow taken as part of Kintzler's standard physical exam revealed no red flags. He has had a series of setbacks since then, the latest on Saturday. Kintzler's arm felt "electric" warming up in the bullpen, but that changed when he took the mound at a back field at Maryvale Baseball Park and pitched to group of hitters that included Caleb Gindl and Anderson De La Rosa. "It just wasn't the same," Kintzler said. "Even [Paul] Phillips, the catcher, said it wasn't the same. I felt great coming in from the 'pen. Words can't explain the confusion right now."
Right fielder Corey Hart was already off his crutches Saturday, four days after surgery to repair cartilage tears in his knee. His flexibility in the joint is farther along than doctors expected, manager Ron Roenicke said.