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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Mets may skip Marcum's final 1st-half start

By Adam Rubin

MILWAUKEE -- The Mets appear leaning toward skipping Shaun Marcum's final first-half start and instead use him out of the bullpen.

Terry Collins summoned Marcum into the manager's office Sunday morning to discuss the right-hander's status, a day after Marcum surrendered six runs (five earned) in five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers to drop to 1-10.

The maneuver is doable because the Mets have an off-day Thursday, between series at San Francisco and Pittsburgh, on the day Marcum next would be scheduled to pitch.

If the plan materialized, the Mets seemingly would use a first-half-ending rotation of:

San Francisco
Monday: Matt Harvey
Tuesday: Dillon Gee
Wednesday: Zack Wheeler

Pittsburgh
Friday: Jeremy Hefner
Saturday: Harvey
Sunday: Gee

That also would allow Harvey to definitely move up a day to Saturday and give him about 35 pitches to work with in the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

Assistant GM John Ricco said the DL has not been discussed with Marcum. Still, Collins said, giving Marcum extra rest heading into the All-Star break might be beneficial. Marcum complained of tingling, numbness and coldness in his right hand again during Saturday's start.

Collins reiterated that if the Mets eventually did need someone to step into the rotation, Carlos Torres would be the logical choice.