(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) — It could be another long season for the Mets as the injuries are piling up. Starting pitcher Shaun Marcum is experiencing neck pain and could start the season on the disabled list.
Marcum felt neck discomfort during a bullpen session on Monday. He received a cortisone injection in his pitching shoulder from an impingement last Tuesday, but the two are unrelated according to pitching coach Dan Warthen.
“I think everyone has legitamate concerns,” Warthen said. “I mean, it’s a place where we’ve never known it to be before. We have to have it examined and find out where we are.”
The Mets signed Marcum during the offseason, hoping he’d help bring stability to Mets’ starting rotation, but instead the Mets are left figuring out how to patch up their rotation. The Mets are also dealing with an injury to fellow starter Johan Santana.
When healthy, Marcum is a solid starter, but last season he had trouble staying on the field. In 21 starts for the Brewers last season, the 31-year-old Marcum went 7-4 with a 3.40 ERA.
According to ESPNNewyork.com, Aaron Laffey and Collin McHugh will be considered as Marcums’ fill-in until he comes back.
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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist