Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/24/13
The Mets released pitcher Shaun Marcum on Tuesday, officially ending an obviously disappointing season for the 31 year old. One of Sandy Alderson’s big offseason additions, Marcum finished with a dismal record of 1-10 in 12 games started with an ERA of 5.29. The veteran’s season was finished after undergoing shoulder surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition affecting the likes of Josh Beckett and Noah Lowry. Were there signs that Alderson and his team could have read to make them reconsider signing Marcum? The answer is yes. Sign #1 – Injuries Plain and simple injuries are not Marcum’s best friend. Coming into the 2013 season, Marcum had missed over 10 months of playing time in his career, and they were all related to his right elbow. Soreness, strain, tightness, and the dreaded Tommy John surgery, all on Marcum’s right elbow. Being notorious recently for having injury-plagued teams, wouldn’t it have been a smart idea for the Mets to avoid injury-plagued players?...
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