Brewers manager Ron Roenicke hasn't lost confidence in John Axford, despite the closer's recent inconsistency. Axford has three blown saves in his last five chances, including allowing back-to-back homers in the ninth inning in a 10-9 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. Axford struggled with his command in the loss, forcing him into fastball counts which has plagued the right-hander all season. Roenicke pointed to Axford's recent heavy workload as a possible reason for his struggles. "He's scuffling, he is," Roenicke said. "I can't give you an answer why. For a while, it was not pitching enough, and now it's pitching too much. It changes a lot." Right-hander Shaun Marcum could be heading to the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his right elbow that has sidelined him since his most recent start on June 14. An MRI exam of Marcum's elbow -- which he had Tommy John surgery on in 2008 -- showed nothing out of the ordinary. While Marcum maintains that the injury is nothing serious, the Brewers are considering the option of shelving Marcum and bringing in another arm. Ryan Braun enters the three-game series with Chicago with a 25-game hitting streak during Interleague Play. He has a .404 average (40-for-99) with seven home runs and 29 RBIs during the streak, which ties for the fourth longest since Interleague Play began in 1997. White Sox: Danks to begin rehab program on Friday
Left-hander John Danks, who had been on the DL, retroactive to May 20 with a left shoulder strain, learned this week that he now has a mild Grade 1 strain in his left shoulder. Tests done showed no tendon or ligament damage, and Danks' labrum is still intact. Danks will begin a rehabilitation and strength program with White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider on Friday, and Danks' progress will be monitored further with diagnostic tests likely next week. "I wish I had progressed a little further at this point. I kind of expected to be back by now," Danks said. "I just have to listen to my body and do what it says." The White Sox rank third in the American League with a .288 batting average with runners in scoring position, including a .354 average in their last 24 games. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski ranks second in the AL with RISP with a .397 average, and first baseman Paul Konerko's .373 RISP average ranks him sixth. Worth noting
Konerko is batting .153 (9-for-59) lifetime against Greinke, with 17 strikeouts. Pierzynski, however, owns a .413 (19-for-46) average against Greinke. Greinke is 3-2 with a 5.07 ERA in eight starts on the road, and 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA at Miller Park.