08/16/12 9:30 PM ET
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By Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
Marcum slated for bullpen session on Friday
MILWAUKEE -- One day after making his second rehab start for Class A Wisconsin, Shaun Marcum was back in a Brewers uniform on Thursday taking batting practice at Miller Park with the rest of the starting pitchers.Although that might seem like a surefire sign Marcum and his right elbow are due back in the rotation soon, manager Ron Roenicke said that's a decision that has yet to be made. Roenicke said the 30-year-old right-hander is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday, and that will determine whether his next start is a return to the Brewers or a third rehab appearance. "I said, 'It's nice to have you back,'" Roenicke said after seeing Marcum at Miller Park on Thursday. "'But I think it's important for you and for us when you come back that you feel like you're going to spot every ball you want to.' So that's where the bullpen [session] comes in. Not necessarily how his arm feels. It's more on, 'OK, am I ready to do this at the big league level?'" Marcum told Roenicke his elbow felt fine after tossing 3 2/3 innings for the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday. However, he did not feel as sharp as he'd like, especially in the fourth inning, when he allowed a double and a single to score a run. He then gave up another single and walked two batters before leaving the game with the bases loaded. Should Marcum forgo another rehab start, he would be limited to about 75 pitches in his return to the Milwaukee rotation. Roenicke didn't confirm what the plan is when Marcum does come back, but he again mentioned the possibility of at least a temporary six-man rotation.
Despite tough losses, Brewers bounce back
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers lead the Major Leagues in heartbreak, but manager Ron Roenicke insisted Thursday that nobody was giving up.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Brewers entered Thursday leading the Majors with 26 one-run losses, 23 losses decided in an opponents' last at-bat and 23 blown saves. They were tied with the Phillies with 10 walk-off losses. Three of those walk-offs came on the just-completed road trip, a dismal 1-5 swing through Houston and Denver. "Unfortunately, we've been through this a lot," Roenicke said. "The more times you have things happen to you, the easier it is to understand how to get out of it, to understand how to bounce back and just play the next day hard. No matter how bad the loss was that we've had, that next day, we always come back and play pretty well. We may lose it again late, but we've really bounced back to play a good game." Asked how long that attitude can hold up, Roenicke said, "I don't know." Asked whether the losses become demoralizing at some point, he said, "I don't see that happening with this group." "If it was going to happen, it would have already happened," he said. "The Phillies series before [three straight blown leads from July 23-25] would have crushed us."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.