By Ed Coleman
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When the hard comebacker off the bat of Carlos Beltran (of course it was him) smashed off the right elbow of Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday afternoon, you just had to laugh — to keep from crying. This Mets team has already been through enough adversity, yet the injuries just keep on coming and mounting. Earlier on Tuesday, we learned that another starting pitcher (Hefner was already filling in for the ailing Johan Santana) — Shaun Marcum — would not make his scheduled Thursday start due to neck discomfort, and would likely begin the season at the very least on the shortened disabled list. Marcum’s neck problems were in addition to the previously existing shoulder impingement, for which he had received a cortisone shot. Does this stuff ever end? Apparently not.
Hefner ended up with a contusion after X-rays were taken and is day to day. For now, anyway, he is slated to be the fourth pitcher, meaning he would start the first game of the second series against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Friday, April 5.