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Shaun Marcum Injury Puts New York Mets Rotation In Trouble

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It is a season of some transition for the New York Mets in 2013. The team got rid of Mike Pelfrey and now is dealing with an injury to his replacement, Shaun Marcum. Marcum may miss his first start of the regular season with a shoulder impingement, and with other injuries to the rotation, the Mets are in serious trouble right off the bat. Johan Santana won’t start the season on the active roster, and you add in Marcum’s injury along with Jenrry Mejia being shut down with elbow trouble and it is difficult times ahead.

The Mets are going to have to depend on their offense a lot more than they probably wanted to. I’m not worried that the offense is bad because David Wright and Ike Davis are very solid hitters, but without the pitching, the Mets could be finding themselves sliding right down the National League East standings. Marcum is supposed to be back for the second week of the season, but who knows with these injuries.

New York isn’t going to make any major moves now with the season less than a week away, but when you are without two major starters to start with, the Mets need a hot offensive start to make up for it. Marcum was hurt last season as well during a 7-4 season with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has proved that he can win 12 or 13 games in a year since he has done it three times before, but you have to be on the mound to make that happen. The Mets could find themselves in dire straits by the end of April if these injuries keep coming.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.