Showing posts with label Shaun Marcum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shaun Marcum. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mets News: Shaun Marcum officially released

Mets News:

Shaun Marcum has been placed on waivers for purposes of his unconditional release, the Mets announced Tuesday.

Marcum underwent season-ending surgery last week for thoracic outlet syndrome, an artery obstruction or nerve pinching caused by compression between the collarbone and first rib.

Marcum's contract with the Mets expired at the end of the season anyway. He signed a one-year deal back in January, with a guaranteed salary of $4 million. But he was also eligible for $4 million in incentives, including $500,000 apiece for being on the active roster or disabled list for an injury unrelated to his right arm for 150 and 170 days. (Information from the Associated Press.)

So the Mets may be saving up to $1 million by releasing Marcum now.

The team announced Marcum's release via Twitter. Its only other comment thus far came via a second tweet: "...The #Mets initiated this release when it was confirmed that Marcum was unlikely to pitch competitively again this season."

Marcum, 31, was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) this season.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Marcum Out for Season, Harvey to Miss Start?, Lyon released

Mets News and Notes:

New York Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum will undergo surgery next Monday in St. Louis to address numbness and coldness in his pitching hand and will miss the remainder of the season, assistant general manager John Ricco said Tuesday.

Manager Terry Collins said right-hander Carlos Torres will move into Marcum's rotation spot, at least until left-hander Jonathon Niese returns from the disabled list.

Torres may start Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in place of Matt Harvey. The decision is unresolved, Collins said.

Harvey has been dealing with a blister, although Collins said Harvey reported improvement Tuesday. Another motivation for potentially skipping Harvey on Saturday is that the Mets are looking for ways to limit his innings count without shutting him down at the end of the season.

Four days after being designated for assignment, Brandon Lyon has been placed on release waivers by the Mets. Assuming unclaimed, Lyon will become a free agent.

Lyon, 33, was 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in 37 relief appearances.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese gets positive exam, Wright picks HR Derby Teammates, Germen up - Marcum DL?, Bochy leaning for Harvey to start ASG

Mets News and Notes:

Jonathon Niese had a favorable reexamination on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and has been cleared to go to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the rehab process, a source told

Niese had landed on the disabled list after a June 20 start with what the team labeled a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

NL Home Run Derby captain David Wright has selected Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer to join him as teammates for the July 15 event at Citi Field.

Robinson Cano on the American League side selected Prince Fielder, Chris Davis and a yet-to-be-determined participant.

Wright said the rationale for his picks was straightforward: He picked the NL home run leader (Gonzalez), the leading vote-getter by a large margin by fans (Harper) and one choice for himself -- his childhood friend Cuddyer. Wright said all three accepted, so he never got further down on his list, despite other deserving candidates.

Gonzalez Germen is en route to San Francisco, the Mets announced, signaling Shaun Marcum appears headed to the disabled list.

Because Germen has not been in the minors 10 days, he can only return if a major league player lands on the DL.

Germen is not due to arrive until late in Monday's game at the earliest, so he will not be active for the series opener and Marcum will not be placed on the DL tonight.

Marcum was examined by a specialist in St. Louis on Monday because of tingling and numbness in his cold right hand. Assistant GM John Ricco said full details would not be disclosed until Tuesday.

Dillon Gee visited the same specialist, doctor Robert Thompson, last July at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Mets News: Shaun Marcum Has Numbness and Tingling in Right Hand After Start

Mets News:

After suffering his 10th loss of the season Saturday night, Shaun Marcum acknowledged he is experiencing numbness, tingling and coldness in his right hand.

"But, like I told Terry [Collins], I'm not going to pull myself out of the game," Marcum said after surrendering six runs (five earned) in five innings in the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. "I'm going to continue to pitch and pitch as long as I can."

Marcum had an MRI of his upper back after his previous start, but team doctors cleared him to proceed in Milwaukee.

He said the issue worsens as he gets deeper into games.

"As the pitch count builds up, that's when I usually notice it and feel it," Marcum said. "You can tell, too, because my velocity drops a little bit. I looked up at one point and I was 87, 88. And I looked up again and I was 83, 84. It's just something I'll deal with and try to find a way to get these guys out when it’s my turn to go."

Would extra rest between starts help?

"To be honest, I don't know," Marcum said. "I've never really experienced this before. It's just something we'll try to figure out -- whether I have to make an arm slot adjustment where I don't get it. We'll figure it out and go from there."

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Mets News: Marcum goes to see doctor, but still will make next start?

Mets News:

Mets starter Shaun Marcum visited the team doctor on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Marcum started Monday against Arizona, and was seen in the dugout rolling his neck and pointing to his shoulder area. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.

Marcum was evasive following the Mets' 9-1 win over Arizona on Tuesday when asked whether he underwent an MRI.

"That's for me and the club," Marcum said. "I don't know why you guys think you need to know everything."

Marcum reiterated Tuesday that he feels fine, and said as far as he knows he's still scheduled to make his next start on Saturday against Milwaukee.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that the Mets had considered placing Marcum on the disabled list, as the team called up reliever Gonzalez Germen, but the Mets instead demoted infielder Zach Lutz. The Mets did not announce the move until approximately 6 p.m., an hour before first pitch.

Marcum was sidelined during spring training and at the beginning of the season as he dealt with neck and shoulder pain that ultimately required a shot to calm down. He's been a disappointment thus far, as he's 1-9 with a 5.03 ERA. He signed a one-year, $4-million deal with incentives this winter.

If Marcum ends up being sidelined, Mets manager Terry Collins has indicated that reliever Carlos Torres would step into the rotation. Torres started for Triple-A Las Vegas, but his longest outing for the Mets thus far is 2 1/3 innings. He's pitched quite well for the Mets this season, as he's 0-1 with a 0.84 ERA.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mets Notes: Marcum throws five scoreless, Laffey DFA'd, Carson Promoted

Mets Notes:

Shaun Marcum tossed 52 pitches over five scoreless innings in an extended spring training game Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Assuming Marcum feels OK in ensuing days, he is due to be activated from the disabled list Saturday to face the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Marcum opened the season on the DL with neck and shoulder pain related to a nerve issue.

He threw additional pitches in the bullpen after Monday's appearance to increase his workload. Mets manager Terry Collins estimated Marcum would max out at 90 pitches Saturday.

Marcum allowed four hits and no walks in Monday's appearance.

The Mets designated fill-in Aaron Laffey for assignment Sunday, when they promoted lefty reliever Robert Carson.

Marcum's Career Stats:
2005 23 TOR 0 0 0.00 0 0 8.0 6 0 0 0 4 4
2006 24 TOR 3 4 5.06 14 0 78.1 87 44 44 14 38 65
2007 25 TOR 12 6 4.13 25 1 159.0 149 76 73 27 49 122
2008 26 TOR 9 7 3.39 25 0 151.1 126 60 57 21 50 123
2010 28 TOR 13 8 3.64 31 0 195.1 181 84 79 24 43 165
2011 29 MIL 13 7 3.54 33 0 200.2 175 84 79 22 57 158
2012 30 MIL 7 4 3.70 21 0 124.0 116 57 51 16 41 109
7 Yrs 57 36 3.76 149 1 916.2 840 405 383 124 282 746
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 4/22/2013.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mets News: Marcum will try to ramp up to 80 pitches before returning to team

Mets News:

Terry Collins said Shaun Marcum got through Thursday's four-inning outing in extended spring training without issue.

The next step: Marcum will try to ramp up to 80 pitches, according to the manager.

Marcum opened the season on the disabled list with a nerve issue that caused pain in his neck and shoulder.

He threw 41 pitches in four no-hit innings while striking out five and walking none Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to the team.

"He pitched very well," Collins said. "He felt great. We're very excited."

The Mets do not need a fifth starter until next Saturday. So it would appear conceivable Marcum could be ready for that outing and the Mets would not need another start from Aaron Laffey.

Laffey will work out of the bullpen for the time being regardless.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mets News: Marcum will pitch in St.Lucie Today

Shaun Marcum, who had been slowed by pain his his neck and shoulder related to nerve inflammation, will proceed with a 65-70 pitch game on a back field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., today, according to Terry Collins.

Marcum will need at least one more tuneup -- 85 to 90 pitches -- before the Mets consider activating him from the DL.

The Mets will not need a fifth starter again until April 27. Collins said it was not clear whether Marcum could be ready by that day.

"He's got to build his arm strength up," Collins said. "He's got to get to 90 pitches. When that is, it all depends. ... We'll have to see how he comes out of the game today. I don't have anything written down as a time frame. He's going to throw two more -- tonight and another one, for sure."

Collins said there is no current issue with Marcum's shoulder or neck.

"None yet. None so far," Collins said.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco is set to begin rehab assignment, Marcum ready next week?

Mets News and Notes:

Frank Francisco is set to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A St. Lucie, a club source told

Francisco underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. He experienced inflammation upon arriving at spring training.

An official rehab assignment starts a maximum 30-day clock after which the pitcher is due to be activated.

Meanwhile, Shaun Marcum now is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday. He then will throw a three- or four-inning game on a back field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday.

That signals Marcum will not be ready to be activated from the DL until the middle of next week at the earliest.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets in Snowy Situation, Marcum to start Sunday, Gardenhire on Harvey, Fire at Citi Field, Shawn Teufel goes to AA

Mets News and Notes:

After Sunday’s postponement, the Mets have relocated from Minneapolis to Denver, but the forecast is not exactly better at this stop.

Tonight’s forecast, via “Periods of snow. Low near 30F. NNE winds at 20 to 30 mph, diminishing to 10 to 15 mph. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.”

Weather-permitting, Dillon Gee opposes right-hander Juan Nicasio in the series opener.

If the four-game series materializes uninterrupted, Aaron Laffey will proceed with Tuesday’s start, followed by Jeremy Hefner on Wednesday and Jonathon Niese on Thursday.

Matt Harvey is lined up to face Stephen Strasburg in Friday’s opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Shaun Marcum may be activated from the disabled list to start Sunday instead of Laffey, assuming Marcum gets through a tune-up on Tuesday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Mike Puma in the Post that Matt Harvey reminded him of Zack Greinke.

“We were trying to figure out guys he reminds you of,” Gardenhire told Puma. “It would kind of be hard to place him because he is so poised. But his stuff is comparable to Greinke because he can add and subtract with his fastball and his command of the strike zone and changeup and everything are all solid. Well above-average pitches, so he’s kind of like Greinke. ... I would be excited about him. That’s a nice looking young man and a good looking pitcher.”

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mets News: Mets try to get Marcum ready in a hurry, Will pitch simulated game soon...

Mets News:

Aaron Laffey is still due to start Tuesday at Colorado, but the Mets believe they can get Shaun Marcum ready to be activated from the disabled list relatively quickly.

Marcum, who has experienced shoulder and neck pain that required injections to ease, is due to throw two innings in a simulated game in a couple of days.

Mets officials plan to have him ramp up to five innings, potentially in an official rehab game with St. Lucie in the Florida State League, in the next outing. After that, DL activation is possible.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Mets News: Aaron Laffey will remain in rotation, Marcum not close

Mets News:

Left-hander Aaron Laffey remains in the rotation, but the Mets plan to delay his second start with the club until next Tuesday at Colorado, the last day the fifth starter is required.

So Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee will line up to face the Minnesota Twins this weekend, then Jeremy Hefner, Laffey, Niese and Harvey should pitch at Coors Field during a four-game series against the Rockies.

Laffey surrendered three runs on 10 hits, a walk and a hit batter in 4 1/3 innings against the Miami Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field. As soon as he has recovered from that outing, he temporarily will be available in the bullpen between starts. Laffey threw 90 pitches Sunday.

Terry Collins sounded like Laffey may be in the rotation for a while.

Shaun Marcum, who received injections in his neck Thursday, played catch today in Port St. Lucie and may step onto a mound Tuesday, but is not close to returning.

"He's been throwing, but he's not anywhere close to getting into a game," Collins said.

As for how many starts Laffey may get, Collins added: "He's going to be the guy until we figure out when Shaun's going to be back, or if he's going to be back, or where we stand. There's no number in mind of how many starts. It could be three. It could be seven. I don't know."

Friday, April 05, 2013

Mets News: Shaun Marcum has inflamed nerves in the neck

Mets News:

Shaun Marcum, who was examined in New York on Thursday, underwent an MRI that revealed inflamed nerves in his neck, the team announced.

Marcum was treated with "trigger-point injections" to attempt to calm the inflammation. He will return to Port St. Lucie, Fla., and be idle for at least 48 hours.

Marcum has not pitched in a game since March 16. So even if his neck and shoulder pain dissipated -- which is no guarantee -- it would take some time to get ready for a major league game.

Aaron Laffey is poised to be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to take Marcum's rotation spot. Darin Gorski has been reassigned from Double-A Binghamton to Las Vegas to plug Laffey's rotation spot in the Pacific Coast League.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mets News: Shaun Marcum going to see doctors, Laffey will replace him in rotation

Mets News:
Shaun Marcum is on his way from Port St. Lucie to New York -- not to pitch, but to be examined by team doctors.

"He has some real discomfort running from his shoulder up through his neck," manager Terry Collins said Wednesday, prior to the Mets' game against the Padres. "What that is, where it starts, what’s causing it, I think we won’t know until he sees the doctor tomorrow."

Collins added that Marcum is "very unlikely" to come off the disabled list and make his first scheduled start of the season Sunday. Aaron Laffey will "most likely" take his place.

"There’s a couple of other options we have, [but] we just thought in spring training from what we saw from Aaron Laffey that, due to his experience -- he’s had some success at this level -- that he would be our first option right now," Collins said.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Mets News: Marcum still necking it out, Mets need starter against Marlins

Mets News:

Shaun Marcum experienced neck pain and was unable to pitch in a scheduled simulated game Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. That means he will be unable to be activated from the disabled list to make Sunday's start against the Miami Marlins, the first time the Mets need a fifth starter.

Terry Collins previously had identified Aaron Laffey as the most likely alternative should Marcum be unavailable. The manager had just received word of Marcum's injury early Tuesday evening and indicated he would discuss potential replacements with Mets officials Wednesday.

Internally, unlike Laffey, Collin McHugh is on the 40-man roster. The Mets, though, could create a 40-man roster spot for Laffey by shifting Johan Santana to the 60-day DL. Santana underwent surgery Tuesday for a torn anterior capsule and is lost for the season.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wright Hitting, Hefner Elbow, den Dekker out two months, Feliciano still a Met, Marcum Concerns

Mets News and Notes:

Shuttling between a pair of minor league fields to maximize his at-bats, David Wright went 1-for-5 as a DH on Tuesday, singling and scoring in his final at-bat. The game was Wright's first since March 12, when he produced five RBIs against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and cemented his "Captain America" nickname.

Wright expects to play in another minor league game Thursday.

“It felt OK,” Wright said. “I haven’t played since a couple of weeks ago. I felt like the timing was OK, better towards the fifth at-bat. But it was good to get that number of ABs that quickly. It felt as comfortable as, I guess, I could taking the two weeks off. … I finally got on base the fifth at-bat, so I was able to stretch the legs out a little bit. So it felt good.”

As for Opening Day, Wright said: “I’ve been optimistic about Opening Day since I came back to St. Lucie and I talked with the doctors and the trainers about the diagnosis. As I said yesterday, it’s kind of the same thing today: It’s another step closer. I’m still very optimistic.”

Jeremy Hefner was struck in the right elbow with a one-hop comebacker in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals and departed. Hefner was headed for X-rays on the elbow, but the Mets did not believe the injury was severe, pitching coach Dan Warthen told ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

The Mets already are dealing with issues to starting pitchers Johan Santana (shoulder) and Shaun Marcum (neck).

Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist on an attempted catch, will near to wear a cast for six weeks.

That means, even conservatively, that den Dekker will be sidelined from game action into June.

After considering opting out, Pedro Feliciano has agreed to remain with the organization.

Late Mets News and Notes: Marcum Discomfort, Dave Howard to MSG, Murphy Plays Again, Collins on Feliciano decision

Mets News and Notes:

Shaun Marcum is an important piece of the Mets’ starting rotation, but a stalled bullpen session Monday left the team wondering if he will be ready to start the season.

Two major league sources told the Daily News that Marcum complained of neck discomfort Monday. That occurred during a bullpen session intended as a final check to make sure he was ready to make a Grapefruit League start on Thursday. According to the sources, Marcum is now highly unlikely to make that start.

Asked if Marcum’s readiness for the regular season next week was a concern, a source said, “That’s fair to say.”

It is unclear who would take Marcum’s spot in the rotation if, as the team now fears, he is not ready for the season.

Lefthander Aaron Laffey, sent to minor league camp after a rough start on Sunday, had been considered next in line, but one source said that he “doubt(ed) it would be Laffey.”

Mets executive vice president for business Dave Howard is leaving the ballclub. He will become president of MSG Sports, the company announced. He will begin work April 9.

The Mets indicated that team executives Paul Asencio, Leigh Castergine and David Newman will now join Mike Landeen in reporting to Jeff Wilpon to absorb Howard's role for the near future. Wilpon also will pick up some of Howard's duties.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Bullpen Shaping Up, Wright All Good, Murphy Playing, Marcum Starting Thurs, Byrdak Ahead of Schedule, Mets Opening Rotation

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have asked reliever Pedro Feliciano to go to Triple-A for a month to build up his arm strength, and informed Feliciano he will not make the team's Opening Day roster.

"They told me I'm going to Triple-A for a month and get my strength back," Feliciano said. "I have to talk to my agent first and then see what we're going to decide."

The Mets' decision came at the deadline to inform Feliciano whether he had made the club. Remaining with the club at the minor league level would obligate the Mets to give him a $100,000 retention bonus because of his veteran status.

"They made that decision," he said of the Mets. "I'm going to think about it and see what I decide. Hopefully somebody picks me up. We'll see what happens."

This is affirming that Robert Carson is in great shape to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, the Mets will carry two left-handers in the bullpen.

Fellow lefty Scott Rice remains in camp, but seemingly would be at an overwhelming disadvantage because, unlike Carson, he is not on the 40-man roster.

Josh Edgin is expected to be Collins' primary lefty in the bullpen.

Carson, 24, had a 4.73 ERA in 17 relief appearances in 2012, during his inaugural major league season. Lefty batters hit .286 (8-for-28) with a homer, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the contractual deadline for him to be notified, the Mets have told LaTroy Hawkins he has made the Opening Day roster.

Hawkins, 40, has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. Opponents have a .227 batting average against him. Hawkins has surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out four over the six appearances.

He went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

David Wright said he was "all good" the day after ramping up his activity by taking live batting practice for the first time Sunday.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield, Murphy DL?, Wright Running, Marcum Plan, Santana Staying Put

Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson said there is no cavalry coming to the rescue in the outfield. That means it will be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield in some configuration to open the season in all likelihood, as long as Valdespin isn't pressed into infield duty by injuries.

"We're going to go with the guys we have," Alderson told Newsday about the outfield.

Terry Collins confirmed Friday that Byrd should be an everyday player, not in a platoon role, although Collins said he has not resolved how Byrd's time will be spread between right and center field.

"Due to his background ... we need to find out what he brings to the table, because he's got a track record of being a pretty good player, a pretty good offensive player," Collins said. "I want to see early enough what he can do."

The manager, who emphatically said at the start of camp that Duda would be his regular left fielder, was not quite as forceful as camp nears an end.

Asked if Duda remained the everyday left fielder, Collins only said Friday: "That's a possibility."

Terry Collins recently predicted that if Daniel Murphy did not enter a game by this weekend, it was virtually impossible for him to be ready by Opening Day.

Well, Collins said Murphy is not ready to enter a game Saturday. And it's becoming more likely Murphy opens the season on the disabled list than at second base at Citi Field on April 1.

Murphy played five innings in the field a week ago in a minor league game, but has not reentered a game since because stiffness surfaced. He has not had any spring-training at-bats. Murphy originally received a cortisone injection on his right side on Feb. 19 in New York for a strained intercostal muscle.

Collins said that Murphy did take batting practice Friday.

“We had a conversation this morning," the manager added. "He said, ‘I’ll be ready by Opening Day.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about that next Wednesday or Thursday.’”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Back, Nieuwenhuis Back, Murphy Not, Wright Maybe?, Hefner for Santana, Niese Opening, Captain Wright

Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since spraining his right ankle Saturday, Justin Turner reappeared in a game. Two games, actually.

Turner had three at-bats in a minor league game, then delivered a pinch-hit single in the Grapefruit League contest.

Turner passed a pair of tests as far as his ankle. He doubled and scored from second in the minor league game, then went first-to-third on a single by Marlon Byrd while facing St. Louis.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Turner said.

Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee bruise) both are slated to again play in a minor league game Friday.

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks but did not play the field Thursday against the Triple-A Springfield Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy (side) is not yet ready to enter a minor league game.

Jeremy Hefner, the rotation plug for Johan Santana, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. He surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to David Freese.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be today,” Hefner said. “They’re a real aggressive team, so I tried to throw a few more offspeed pitches early in the count. And that kind of got me behind in the count because I wasn’t getting them over for strikes.”

Jonathon Niese officially has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

“This guy, as we move forward, is going to be the head of this staff,” Terry Collins said.

Said Niese: “It means a lot. I’m real excited, obviously, getting this opportunity. But I’m going to treat it as any other start, just like if I’m the fifth starter, if I’m the second, third, fourth. I’m going to prepare the same and just go out and compete.”

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