MILWAUKEE There's no telling what would have happened if elbow tightness hadn't derailed Shaun Marcum for more than two months of his season.
His name had been brought up as a trade possibility -- an expiring contract that could provide good value for a contender's stretch run. He's still being named as a waiver trade possibility. And for good reason: before Marcum's elbow had shut him down briefly, he had allowed more than three earned runs in just one start in 2012 and only five total in his last three.
But as Marcum took the mound on Saturday against the Pirates, the first time since June 14, things were much different. He looked the same before an error derailed his fifth inning and resulted in four unearned runs. But the team around him and the time he had left with them seemed to have an expiration date.
When Ron Roenicke was asked by reporters in Pittsburgh whether a contender might come after Marcum before August 31 -- the final date for adding pieces for a postseason ro...