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.
Laffey was signed as a free agent by the Mets back in December. The 27-year-old has appeared in 148 games and made 65 starts in six seasons in the major leagues, with the Indians, Yankees, Mariners and Blue Jays. Last year, with Toronto, he went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 appearances, including 16 starts.
Collins estimated that Laffey could throw 90 to 95 pitches on Sunday. "Hopefully he comes in Sunday and pitches very well," Collins said. "If he does, he most likely will get another start. But we’re gonna just take one start at a time right now."