First Johan Santana, now Shaun Marcum? It seems the Mets may be two starters down when the season kicks off less than a week from now.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
If Marcum is expected to return to the lineup shortly, his condition is likely of the uncomplicated variety. However, as with all overuse injuries, too much too soon leads to increased vulnerability. Take heed, Marcum.
While Mets have had their share of injuries during spring training, but Shaun Marcum’s right shoulder doesn’t appear to be a major issue.
Manager Terry Collins said he’d announce his starter for Opening Day “in the next couple of days.”
Mets infielder Justin Turner sprained his right ankle against during Saturday’s loss to the Marlins.
Shaun Marcum is making quite an impression this spring as the Mets shut out the Cardinals.
New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano wore a heart monitor while pitching and reported no problems or discomfort during his first spring training outing.
Will Santana be ready to take the ball on April 1? According to the Mets’ “private expectations,” well, probably not.
“Delayed somewhat” means being pushed back to the March 10-15 range, which makes it highly doubtful that Santana could get enough work in to be ready by April 1.
Coming off their fourth straight losing season, the Mets enter spring training with a projected rotation of Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee, a quintet that combined to go 35-34 with a 3.26 ERA last season.
Marcum officially signed with the Mets on Wednesday and is healthy and ready to go. Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi drafted Marcum when he was Toronto’s GM back in 2003, and Marcum saw the Mets as a good fit for himself some 10 years later.
Despite the possible pressure of being seen as Dickey’s replacement, Marcum felt comfortable coming to New York thanks to a couple of familiar faces.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.
The Mets have a gaping hole to fill in their rotation with R.A. Dickey shipped off to Toronto. More like a 20-win canyon.