The New York Mets recently shut down right-handed starting
pitcher Shaun Marcum after he experienced continued discomfort in his shoulder
and neck. An MRI revealed yesterday that the veteran is dealing with nerve inflammation
in his neck, an injury which has the Mets listing him as day-to-day, according
to Marc Carig of Newsday.
As a result of his diagnosis, Marcum will be shut down for
48 hours after he underwent trigger-point injections, which are used to manage
muscle pain, according to Carig. He will rest and continue his rehab at New
York’s spring training facility.
The Mets were initially hoping Marcum could come off the
disabled list on Sunday to start against the Miami Marlins. Instead, New York
is expected to call up Aaron Laffey to take the mound.
The Mets signed Marcum to a free agent contract this
offseason to help fill out their starting rotation. Instead, he’s dealt with
injuries this spring that will delay his regular season debut even further.
While he hasn’t reached Johan Santana territory, Marcum does have a long injury
history, and it remains to be determined when he’ll make his Mets’ debut.
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