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By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
Marcum not sure on timetable for return
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum still doesn't know when he might be back on the mound for a game or even a bullpen session, but he expected to have a better idea by the end of the day on Thursday.Marcum was scheduled to play catch on Thursday for the first time in about five days. He's been out of action since June 19, when he was scratched from his start against the Blue Jays with right elbow tightness. Mike Fiers made his third start in Marcum's spot -- his seventh of the season -- on Thursday against the Marlins. In 13 starts before the injury, Marcum was 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA. Since being scratched, he said he hasn't been able to do much other than work out without throwing. "There's still some tenderness in there," he said of the elbow. "It just depends on the day. A lot of that I think is due to workouts and stuff, working everything and keeping everything strong." Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said on Tuesday "there's a chance" Marcum might not be back immediately after the All-Star break. When asked on Thursday if Marcum would be back in July at all, Roenicke said he didn't know. "It's hard to guess now where he's going to show up," Roenicke said.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke met before Thursday's game against the Marlins. Roenicke didn't get too specific, but he said the conversation involved a "little bit about everything.""Just what we're seeing," Roenicke said. "What we can do to improve, what's going to happen here after the break, what are we going to do with our starting pitching coming back. So, it's a little of everything." Carlos Lee -- a familiar face for Brewers players and fans -- started his first game with the Marlins on Thursday at Miller Park after being traded to the team on Wednesday. Lee played for Milwaukee in 2005 and for much of '06. Since '07, he's been a National League Central foe with the Astros, batting .282 with 18 home runs in 85 career games against the Brewers. "They got him here quick," Roenicke said. "We know him. He's a great RBI guy. He understands what he needs to do in that at-bat. ... He does what it takes to drive in that run."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.