According to a report from Adam Rubin at ESPN New York, the New York Mets have “legitimate concerns” about Shaun Marcum’s availability to open the season. Marcum is dealing with a neck strain, which he suffered during a Monday bullpen session. He is scheduled for an examination today.
At this point, not much is clear, although Marcum is all but certain to miss his next spring start. If Marcum hits the disabled list then left-hander Aaron Laffey or Chris Young figure to be potential candidates to fill the void. The Mets sent Laffey to minor league camp following a rough outing on Sunday, and Young was just granted his release from the Washington Nationals.
The Mets inked Marcum to a one-year deal worth $4 million in January, and he was on track to be the club’s No. 2 starter behind Jonathan Niese. Marcum missed chunks of time in 2012 with injuries to his elbow and calf.