Shaun Marcum had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder for an impingement.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 20, 2013
Marcum, 31, is back in New York and the Mets say he will take it easy the next few days. The veteran right-hander signed a one-year deal worth $4 million this winter, though he battled shoulder inflammation last March and elbow problems during the summer. Marcum went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA for the Brewers last season and was shut down earlier in camp in an effort to build arm strength.
Assuming Santana and Marcum will miss the start of the season, the Mets will have to find two starters to join Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey in the rotation. Right-hander Jeremy Hefner has the inside track for one spot while the other could go to lefty Aaron Laffey or top prospect Zack Wheeler. It's very unlikely the Mets would reach out to free agent Kyle Lohse to address their rotation woes.
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