Mets Insider: Marcum tries to grip next start

By on July 4, 2013
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Eric Young Jr. crashes into the outfield wall while trying to grab Eric Chavez’s double.

Shaun Marcum is scheduled to make his next start, at least that is what the Mets announced on Wednesday. The 31-year-old righthander with a long history of injuries underwent an MRI on Tuesday after experiencing tingling in his right hand after his last start, Terry Collins confirmed.

“The other night, when we took him out, he said he was starting to get tight,” the Mets manager said. “He said it was fine, but I said we gotta get it looked at; it’s a reoccurring thing. Since spring training it’s happened, so I want to get it looked at.

“Fortunately, the MRI came back clean,” Collins said. “It’s a matter of . . . massages, cutting back his sides between starts, whatever will help to keep it from getting stiff.”

While Collins said that Marcum (1-9) will make his scheduled start Saturday in Milwaukee, he admitted he will keep Carlos Torres in reserve beginning Thursday night just in case he needs to make a spot start in Marcum’s place.

It’s a wise move, considering Marcum’s history.

He missed the 2009 season following Tommy John surgery. He missed more than two months last season with the Brewers due to elbow and shoulder issues. This spring, he was diagnosed with an “impingement” in his shoulder and had issues with the nerves in his neck and shoulders.

Marcum was signed this offseason to a one-year, $ 4 million deal.

Backup catcher Anthony Recker impressed Collins Tuesday night, not only with his home run, but with the way he handled pitcher Jeremy Hefner. He might get more at-bats as starting catcher John Buck continues to struggle, Collins said. The arrival of prospect Travis d’Arnaud is still undetermined as he comes back from a broken foot.

“Anthony did a nice job (Tuesday) night. We’re facing a team that is very, very good and I thought Reck did a great job with Hef,” Collins said.

“He’s caught Hef very well the times he handled him. He mixed pitches up and he swung the bat good last night, I am very happy with that. He hit the ball hard four times, but in today’s case, Buck’s catching Matt Harvey, I am not breaking that up.

“Tomorrow? I haven’t decided who is catching tomorrow yet. I thought Reck’s done a very nice job last night.”

Buck, who started off the season blazing, is hitting just .171 with four RBI and two home runs in the last 28 days.

The Mets have confirmed that Mrs. Met, who was in attendance Wednesday night, will be making appearances the rest of the season at Citi Field. The partner mascot to the team is being “reintroduced,” for the All-Star Game and will continue to be a fixture at the ballpark for the rest of the season.

Eric Young Jr. met with 11-year-old Sebastian Tesoriero before Wednesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field as part of the Mets’ Amazin’ Calls program. Tesoriero, who is from Whitestone but plays Little League in Bayside, is recovering from a freak baseball accident in which a ball ricocheted off his bat into his right eye, causing multiple facial fractures. Young met with the youngster and his family on the field.

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