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Friday, March 18, 2011

Time to Start Worrying?

This spring it seems like every other day news comes out from the Brewers of another injury to a key player. Yesterday they added Shaun Marcum to the list after he exited early vs the White Sox with shoulder tightness. In spite of all the previous injuries, this is the first time I've actually worried about the Brewers' 2011 season. When Greinke went down we realized how truly thin the Brewers' starting pitching is. If any of the five starters, especially Greinke, Gallardo, or Marcum, miss significant time this season, the Brewers might be in trouble.

Most of the injuries thus far have been minor. Players frequently play through minor injuries throughout the regular season but there's no reason to push it during Spring Training. Even Marcum said yesterday that he would play through his shoulder tightness if it arose during the regular season. Still, his injury history and troubling mechanics make him a more worrying case. All in all, this will be an exciting year for Brewers fans, but a lot of things need to go right for it to be as special as we think it can be.

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