The New York Mets' Shaun Marcum will start on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies after successfully coming through another rehab start on Monday.
The Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo tweeted the news Monday afternoon after Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement:
Collins said Shaun Marcum flew up to NYC today and he’s officially Saturday’s starting pitcher. #Mets
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) April 23, 2013
Castillo earlier reported that Marcum pitched five scoreless innings in the rehab start, striking out four batters and allowing just three hits. He also threw in the bullpen after he left the game. Marcum has been on the DL since the start of the season dealing with both neck and biceps injuries.
The start will be Marcum's first for the Mets after signing a one-year, $4 million deal in the offseason. Aaron Laffey had been the Mets' fifth starter in Marcum's place but he was designated for assignment Saturday after giving up 8 earned runs in just 10 innings. Laffey was then claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays today (Tuesday).
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