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• Right-hander Shaun Marcum made encouraging progress on Saturday in his most intense flat-ground session since injuring his elbow in a June 14 start at Kansas City. Marcum long-tossed under the watch of head athletic trainer Dan Wright before coming back to 60 feet and pitched with velocity.

The tentative plan calls for one more such flat-ground catch before Marcum gets on a mound, perhaps during the Brewers' upcoming series at Philadelphia. He would then need to throw a series of bullpens followed by a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before the Brewers consider activating Marcum from the disabled list.

Once he gets on the mound, Marcum could come quickly. He was bothered by a sore shoulder for much of Spring Training but started the regular season right on time.

Still, "we're a ways away," manager Ron Roenicke said.

• Rehabbing catcher Jonathan Lucroy was scheduled to serve as Class A Wisconsin's designated hitter on Saturday and remains tentatively on track to rejoin the Brewers on Thursday, when they begin a home series against the Nationals.

Lucroy will stay with Wisconsin through Sunday before traveling to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, an off-day for that team. He will try to play all nine innings with the Sounds on either Tuesday or Wednesday before returning to Milwaukee.

That plan hinges on Lucroy having no setbacks with his surgically repaired right hand.

• Right-hander Shaun Marcum made encouraging progress on Saturday in his most intense flat-ground session since injuring his elbow in a June 14 start at Kansas City. Marcum long-tossed under the watch of head athletic trainer Dan Wright before coming back to 60 feet and pitched with velocity.

The tentative plan calls for one more such flat-ground catch before Marcum gets on a mound, perhaps during the Brewers' upcoming series at Philadelphia. He would then need to throw a series of bullpens followed by a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before the Brewers consider activating Marcum from the disabled list.

Once he gets on the mound, Marcum could come quickly. He was bothered by a sore shoulder for much of Spring Training but started the regular season right on time.

Still, "we're a ways away," manager Ron Roenicke said.

• Rehabbing catcher Jonathan Lucroy was scheduled to serve as Class A Wisconsin's designated hitter on Saturday and remains tentatively on track to rejoin the Brewers on Thursday, when they begin a home series against the Nationals.

Lucroy will stay with Wisconsin through Sunday before traveling to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, an off-day for that team. He will try to play all nine innings with the Sounds on either Tuesday or Wednesday before returning to Milwaukee.

That plan hinges on Lucroy having no setbacks with his surgically repaired right hand.