The New York Mets signed veteran pitcher Shaun Marcum to a one-year deal this off-season, seemingly as a replacement in their rotation for R.A. Dickey. In his seven years in the MLB, Marcum has a career 3.76 ERA, as a proven starter. This week, however, there have been some questions about his health heading into the regular season.
Marcum has been a solid middle rotation starter his whole career, but has struggled this spring with a 4.66 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts. Earlier this week, the veteran received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, a concerning fact considering Opening Day is less than two weeks away.
The Mets reported that Marcum was diagnosed with an impingement his shoulder, causing his tendons to tense up. On Thursday however, Marcum claimed that he was never diagnosed with the aforementioned injury, as the cortisone shot was a precautionary measure.
The righty will miss a spring training start, but says he will be ready for the beginning of the regular season. An MRI of his shoulder earlier this week showed no structural damage, which is a good sign. However, the Mets recent history with injuries has been disastrous.
This spring has been no different, as Johan Santana was suppose to start a spring training game in mid-March but now seems destined for the disabled list to start the season. Similar to Marcum, Santana does not have any structural damage but is still not ready to pitch.
There is no reason to distrust Marcum’s word that he will be ready come season’s start, except for the fact that he plays for the Mets.