Marcum to DL; Game 81 lineups
NEW YORK — The Blue Jays placed right-hander Shaun Marcum on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing elbow prior to Friday’s game against the Yankees. Toronto has yet to announce a subsequent roster move.
Marcum, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow at the end of the 2009 campaign, is only expected to miss one start, according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Marcum is scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI likely on Sunday or Monday.
“It’s not really a concern for us,” Anthopoulos said. “Shaun would be the first guy to tell you that he’s fine. He said he went through this last year where he stopped throwing for a week and then he was right back at it and he was fine.
“Like I told Shaun, and I told him this in Spring Training, too, I said, ‘Look, we’re going to be overly cautious with you. You know how important you are and you know how good you are.”
Marcum took the loss in Thursday’s 6-1 defeat to the Indians and was scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday at home against the Twins. With the All-Star break looming on July 12-15, Marcum would only have been needed once more in the season’s first half.
“We expect to have him back right after the break,” Anthopoulos said.
On Thursday, Marcum allowed six runs (five earned) in just four innings in Cleveland. He walked three, threw two wild pitches and ended with just 79 pitches. Anthopoulos said Marcum, who is 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 17 starts this season, complained of some soreness following his outing.
TORONTO AT NEW YORK
at 1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium
BLUE JAYS (40-40, 9.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Alex Gonzalez, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. John Buck, C
9. Jarrett Hoffpauir, 3B
Pitching: Brett Cecil (7-5, 4.39)
YANKEES (48-30, – GB AL EAST)
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Brett Gardner, LF
Pitching: A.J. Burnett (6-7, 5.25)
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