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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Pregame notes: Marcum still on schedule

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- Shaun Marcum is still expected to start for the Mets on Saturday in Milwaukee, according to manager Terry Collins.

Collins confirmed that Marcum underwent an MRI on Tuesday, but said it came back clean.

"He had a little tingling in his hand," Collins said. "It's the same stuff he had in spring training. It tightens up in the upper back. But he's pitched with it -- the other day, I don't know what inning, it started to bother him a little bit. So we thought we'd get him looked at. He's fine."

Marcum is 1-9 with a 5.03 ERA on the season. If things change and Marcum is unable to pitch Saturday, the Mets will likely turn to Carlos Torres, who was starting for Triple-A Las Vegas before being called up and joining the bullpen.

Collins said he will play it safe with Torres, in case he needs to start him Saturday. "You might see [Torres] tonight," the manager said. "I doubt you'll see him tomorrow night."

Q RATING: Shorstop Omar Quintanilla had a team-high three RBIs on Tuesday, and has five hits in the first two games of this series against Arizona.

Since being called up from Triple-A on May 30 to replace the injured Ruben Tejada, Quintanilla is batting .264 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. He did make three errors in his first four games, but hasn't made another one since, a span of 23 games.

"He grew on me last year. That's why we re-signed him when we had the chance to," Collins said. "This guy played very well for us last year, we thought he was gonna be a big key this year."

"We're glad he's in the organization, we're glad we've got him," Collins added. "Hopefully Ruben gets ready soon, and when Ruben gets ready we've got a tough decision to make."

BACKSTOP UPDATE: Anthony Recker had two hits, including a home run, in Tuesday night's win over the Diamondbacks. Collins was asked whether Recker might see more playing time in the near future, in place of regular starting catcher John Buck.

"Possibly," Collins said.

Buck has started 65 of the Mets' first 80 games behind the plate. He hit .241 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in the month of April, but his offensive production has plummeted since. He's currently batting .205 with 13 homers and 39 RBIs on the season. He hit .167 for the month of June.

Recker, however, is only hitting .182 on the year, with three homers and 10 RBIs.

Collins said he didn't want to break up the tandem of Matt Harvey (Wednesday's starter) and Buck, but hasn't decided on a starting catcher for Thursday's series finale.