The Mets margin for error this season is razor thin, so the last thing the team needs is to lose another starter in addition to Johan Santana, who will likely start the season on the disabled list. That’s why Thursday’s news that Shaun Marcum has a “shoulder impingement” that required a cortisone shot is troubling news.
For his part, Marcum is downplaying the situation, saying it is something he deals with every year.
“I feel like it’s part of my spring-training routine,” Marcum said according to ESPNNewYork.com. “It’s precautionary. I told Terry and Sandy I’d rather miss three days of spring training than miss a week or two during the season… I feel fine. I feel strong. I do. It’s just something that looking back at my last start, my velocity was down a little bit. That was the only thing. I said something to them, to the trainers. They really didn’t want to do the injection. I had to kind of talk them into it.”
Marcum said an MRI showed no structural damage, which is good news.
Shaun Marcum has started just three games this spring, throwing 9.2 innings and pitching to a 4.66 ERA. He has just two strikeouts.
Marcum is confident that he will start the season in the rotation, and that is almost a necessity because since Jeremy Hefner will be needed to fill in for Santana, who would fill in for Shaun Marcum?