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Marcum scratched from simulated game, unlikely to start Sunday

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Shaun Marcum is battling injury yet again. (USATSI)

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Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum was scratched from Tuesday's simulated game after experiencing neck pain during warmups, the team announced. He will be reassessed on Wednesday but seems unlikely to make Sunday's scheduled start against the Marlins.

Marcum, 31, is on the DL with biceps tendinitis. He also received a cortisone shot in his shoulder during spring training and has been bothered by elbow tightness and a hip strain in recent years. Marcum also missed the 2009 season due to Tommy John surgery. He signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Mets this past offseason.

Manager Terry Collins has indicated left-hander Aaron Laffey was next in line for a rotation spot should the need arise. Righty Jeremy Hefner has already claimed a rotation spot thanks to Johan Santana's shoulder surgery, so the team is dipping deep into its pitching depth just a few days into the season.

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