Thursday, April 4, 2013

Shaun Marcum Situation

By: Mr. Met (Staff Writer for NFL Prozach)

The Mets placed newly signed starting pitcher Shaun Marcum on the 15 day disabled list to begin the season with biceps tendinitis.  Today Shaun Marcum visited doctors in New York and according to practically every beat reporter on twitter Marcum was now diagnosed with neck nerve inflammation and was treated and will be officially listed as day to day. What will this most likely mean for the Mets short term rotation gap? Most familiar with the team's thinking seem to think the Mets will promote Aaron Laffey to plug the whole until Zack Wheeler is ultimately promoted sometime later this summer.

As far as I'm concerned this unsettles me a little. I know Shaun Marcum is no sort of ace in any stretch of the imagination but the Mets decided to move on from Mike Pelfrey this off-season who was a former number 1 pick because he:
                             1. Wanted to be guaranteed a rotation spot (at least according to rumors)
                             2.  Wouldn't be ready for opening day (according to reports from people familiar with team's thinking.

So because of these two main reasons it is believed Sandy Alderson moved on from Mike Pelfrey and decided to sign Shaun Marcum in which to whom he guaranteed a spot in the rotation too.  Well the problem I have here is Marcum was also coming of an injury plagued season from last year and is now hurt again. So by moving on from Pelfrey to Marcum the Mets took the same essential risks and wound up with the undesirable results. By the way Pelfrey pitched for his new team the Minnesota Twins today and won his first start. Taking this a step further I do not know why the Mets didn't re-sign Chris Young before he re- upped with the Nats for a minor league deal. It would allow the team to not have to rush Marcum back or Wheeler up. Yet the Mets will still try to feed us the fans this win now mode garbage and I'm starting to get really frustrated if this was a team in a win now mode 2/5 of the rotation would no be comprised of Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey. 

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