Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Marcum believes Friday start still on track
By Adam Rubin
MIAMI -- Shaun Marcum, the losing pitcher in the 15th inning Monday, said he should be fine to pitch on Friday on turn in Atlanta, since there was an extra day of rest built in before that start. Ultimately, because Thursday is a team off-day, the Mets could push back Marcum if necessary anyway.
Terry Collins said Marcum volunteered for Monday's relief usage in what became a 4-3, 15-inning loss to the Miami Marlins.
Marcum threw 28 pitches over two innings. He had intended to throw his between-starts bullpen session Tuesday, but will now skip that.
"The bullpen was kind of running out there toward the end," Marcum said. "I told them if they needed me I was available and I'd be more than happy to go down there and give these guys whatever I had."
Marcum, who opened the season on the disabled list with neck and shoulder discomfort related to an irritated nerve, and who has been injury prone throughout his career, was not the optimal choice to be thrown into a game in relief between starts. But, Marcum said about his health: "I actually felt really good today. So that was one of the reasons I volunteered as well. Playing catch earlier, before the game, I felt great. When it got toward the end of the game, or at end of the first nine, I told them I felt pretty good and I was available if they needed me."
In position for his first Mets win after the Mets took a one-run lead in the top of the 15th, Marcum instead surrendered a game-tying RBI single to Rob Brantly and game-ending sacrifice fly to Nick Green in his second inning of work.
"It's frustrating," Marcum said. "I'd rather make a mistakes and get hit all over the place. I made some pretty good pitches -- especially when I went back and looked at the video. I guess you just tip your hat and move on. It's frustrating when you make good pitches and they find holes and get some base hits."