New York Mets starting pitcher Shaun Marcum, one of the team’s big off-season acquisitions, will miss at least his next start with a shoulder injury.
Fans in New York should get used to this if Marcum sticks around for more than just the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The right-hander is known for dealing with injuries in Spring Training, something Milwaukee Brewers fans learned last year. He missed the majority of camp with arm stiffness that eventually led him to sitting out two months in the heart of the season.
Marcum is a solid addition to the starting rotation, something the Mets certainly need. However, what they do not need is another talented pitcher that cannot string together starts because of injuries. New York is already dealing with ace Johan Santana, who will miss Opening Day, and cannot afford to lose their No. 3 in the rotation.
The 31-year old ordered a cortisone shot in his throwing shoulder in an attempt to increase the velocity of his pitches. The Mets’ training staff strongly suggested the seven-year veteran wait it out and allow his shoulder to get up to speed properly, but Marcum did not want to hear any of that.
“The trainers, they didn’t even want to do the injection,” Marcum told NJ.com. “I had to kind of talk them into it.”
Cortisone shots are nothing new for Marcum, as this has become an annual occurrence. The good news is that the shot helped his game tremendously in two out of the last three years.
Last season was Marcum’s first down year in five seasons, as shoulder and elbow stiffness was too much for him to handle. However, he still went 7-4 with a 3.70 earned run average, 109 strikeouts and 124 innings in 21 starts. With that being said, New York expects a lot more out of him for $8 million.
Marcum should be ready to go after he gets some rest over the next few days as he fully expects to be ready once the 2013 regular season begins.