No Timetable For Shaun Marcum To Pitch Again

An article by posted on April 5, 2013

Shaun Marcum

Updated at 4:45 PM

Original Post at 11:00 AM

MMO’s John Delcos reported on April 2 that Shaun Marcum was scratched from his simulated start and was flown from Port St. Lucie to New York to be examined by team doctors.

“He has some real discomfort running from his shoulder up through his neck,” said manager Terry Collins later that day during his pregame press conference at Citi Field.

“What that is, where it starts, what’s causing it, I think we won’t know until he sees the doctor tomorrow.”

The team has announced that Marcum was diagnosed with nerve inflammation in his neck at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York this morning.

Marcum was treated with “trigger-point injections” in his neck and will now rest for 2-3 days. He is on his way back to Port St. Lucie where he will continue to rehab at the team’s complex.

Marcum was placed on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis, retroactive to March 22. But at this point it looks like he won’t be activated until his neck and other nagging injuries have subsided.

Aaron Laffey is expected to replace him on Sunday against the Marlins and stay in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Alderson has said that he would not be pursuing and external options to bolster the rotation in light of the Marcum and Johan Santana circumstances. He even decided to pass on Chris Young who the Nationals signed yesterday to a minor league deal for an insurance policy and added depth to their already stacked rotation.

Marcum is owed a guaranteed $4 million dollars and could have gotten an additional $4 million with incentives. He has been plagued with one health concern after another and one prominent Mets blogger is comparing the signing to when the Mets traded for J.J. Putz. Joe Janish of Mets Today writes:

Like Putz, Marcum’s injuries through the years are no secret. He had Tommy John surgery in 2008, and missed a significant portion of 2012 due to “elbow tightness” — which is a precursor to a UCL tear. In between, he’s had a rash of shoulder issues — something he’s described as “shoulder stiffness” and treated annually with a preseason cortisone shot. His chronic arm problems were so worrisome to the Brewers that they didn’t bother making him an offer to re-sign with them, even though they otherwise liked having him on the team and were in need of a veteran starter. It wasn’t guesswork, though — the Brewers had some research suggesting Marcum was on the verge of breaking down again.

Surely, the Mets were aware of the injury history and the research. Yet they made him their most expensive free-agent acquisition of the winter, positioning him as one of the key figures in what was supposed to be a strong starting rotation. You need go back only a month or so to the blogs and beat writers’ columns to read about how Marcum was going to be a big part of replacing the innings lost by the trade of R.A. Dickey.

That’s an interesting and relevant way of looking at it.

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