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Shaun Marcum is done for the season

Jul 9, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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Shaun Marcum‘s time with the Mets is likely over.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the right-hander has been shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season because of lingering pain and numbness that extends from his upper back and neck down to the finger tips on his pitching hand.

He has thoracic outlet syndrome — the same thing that has plagued the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter — and will undergo surgery for it next Monday.

Marcum, who signed a one-year, $4 million free agent contract in January, registered a 5.29 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 60/21 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings with the Mets. He will turn 32 years old in December.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Congratulations, Mets. A 1-year contract and you STILL Eff it up.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I hope Marcum is okay long term. During his last start he complained of numbness in the fingers. Some scary shit.

    As far as the Mets are concerned, they might as well move Rafael Montero out of Las Vegas and into the rotation. No need to give Carlos Torres a half year of starts.

    Plus, Marcum was about to hit some contract escalators.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      it all depends on Niese’s return. Though I doubt it will be this month.

      Mets also have to figure out who actually pitches in September. Harvey and Wheeler will no doubt be shut down fairly early. Montero seems likely to make his debut. Too soon for Syndergaard, I think, though I fully expect to see him follow the same arc as Wheeler next season.

      • rnrfan - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Harvey is missing his next game due to blisters, too, and Wheeler has been shaky at best. Suddenly, the Mets have only Gee and Hefner as healthy, reliable starters! Assuming Harvey will be fine and Niese comes back, we should be okay. Torres can make a start or two, and there is also Jenrry Mejia who is pitching again in AAA. Hopefully, that can keep us together for a bit. I’d rather not rush Montero to the majors just yet.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        I’m a bit concerned that Wheeler was rushed as it is, though I understand why.

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