Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/18/13
After dropping a double-header to the Rockies on Tuesday and having yet another game postponed Wednesday, there has not been much in the way of good news for the New York Mets.  If there is one thing fans can point to with a bit of optimism it’s the progress being made by pitchers Shaun Marcum, Frank Francisco, and Pedro Feliciano. Francisco, who underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his right elbow and subsequently suffered from inflammation during spring training, made his first rehab appearance of the season for St. Lucie.  Joining him in the rehab action was Pedro Feliciano, whom the Mets optioned to Single A in order to allow him time to build arm strength before potentially rejoining the club later in the year.  Both relievers put in a scoreless inning of work against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. #bbpBox_324683275790581760 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_324683275790581760 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Frank Francisco scoreless, no-hit inning for Class A St. Lucie with 1 K. Fastball 90-92 mph. Pedro Feliciano also 1 IP with 2 Ks. 82-83 mph about 4 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin While the bullpen may be getting healthy, it’s the rotation that could really use a shot in the arm as everyone not named Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee continue to struggle.  There was hope that Shaun Marcum, currently on the disabled list with nerve inflammation in his neck, would be able to return to game action this weekend.  While that plan appears to be on hold, at least the 31-year-old righty is on schedule to do some work in the coming days and could be on schedule to return before months end. #bbpBox_323923206119518210 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_323923206119518210 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Marcum will throw 3-4 innings on back field Thursday. So he’s not an option for weekend. April 15, 2013 6:18 pm via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @MarcCarig Marc Carig Photo by Michael G. Baron It’s always good when help is on the way and while Frank Francisco doesn’t appear likely to wrestle the closers job away from Bobby Parnell, he can still be an effective option late in games.  Marcum has a chance to be a real difference maker for a staff that desperately needs some consistency when Harvey and Niese aren’t on the mound.  In signing Marcum the Mets knew it was a high risk/high reward proposition and to date their simply has been no reward to speak of, but hopefully that’s about to change in the near future.  The team doesn’t just need to get Marcum on the mound, they need to make sure he can stay there once he toes the rubber, so exercising a little extra patience now is to be expected.
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