Marcum feels numbness, tingling in hand

MILWAUKEE -- After suffering his 10th loss of the season Saturday night, Shaun Marcum acknowledged he is experiencing numbness, tingling and coldness in his right hand.

Shaun Marcum

Shaun Marcum

#38 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM14
  • W1

  • L10

  • BB21

  • K60

  • ERA5.29

"But, like I told Terry [Collins], I'm not going to pull myself out of the game," Marcum said after surrendering six runs (five earned) in five innings in the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. "I'm going to continue to pitch and pitch as long as I can."

Marcum had an MRI of his upper back after his previous start, but team doctors cleared him to proceed in Milwaukee.

He said the issue worsens as he gets deeper into games.

"As the pitch count builds up, that's when I usually notice it and feel it," Marcum said. "You can tell, too, because my velocity drops a little bit. I looked up at one point and I was 87, 88. And I looked up again and I was 83, 84. It's just something I'll deal with and try to find a way to get these guys out when it’s my turn to go."

Would extra rest between starts help?

"To be honest, I don't know," Marcum said. "I've never really experienced this before. It's just something we'll try to figure out -- whether I have to make an arm slot adjustment where I don't get it. We'll figure it out and go from there."