NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mets manager Terry Collins says Shaun Marcum will have his pitching shoulder and neck examined by team doctors in New York and that Aaron Laffey would likely make a spot start in place of the right-hander Sunday.
“Hopefully he comes in Sunday and pitches very well,” Collins said of Laffey. “If he does, he’ll most likely get another start. But we’re going to take it one start at a time right now.”
Collins said Marcum will see the team’s doctors Thursday.
Marcum was unable to pitch a simulated game Tuesday at the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., because of discomfort running from his shoulder up his neck. Marcum has had several injury setbacks this spring and has not pitched in any spring training games since March 16.
“Obviously, we’ve got to wait until the doctors tell us what it is, but he has some real discomfort,” Collins said. “What that is, where it starts, what’s causing it, I think we won’t know until he sees the doctors.”
Marcum signed a $4 million, one-year deal with the Mets during the offseason. Laffey is 25-29 with a 4.38 ERA in six major league seasons with four teams.
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