Brewers’ Marcum leaves start with cramping in calf

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum has left his start

against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday after four innings because of

cramping in his right calf.

Marcum was making his second start since missing two months

because of elbow soreness. He allowed three runs, scattering five

hits and four walks while striking out four. He left after throwing

85 pitches.

Marcum cleared waivers earlier this week, according to published

reports, and has been frequently mentioned as a trade target for

contending teams. The deadline to add players who are eligible for

the postseason is midnight Friday.

Marcum is 5-4 with a 3.19 ERA this season. He has won 26 games

over the previous two seasons with Toronto and Milwaukee.