Guys, you’re not gonna believe this, but Josh Johnson is hurt:
Nothing new for Johnson, of course. When he’s healthy he can be dominant, but since becoming a regular in 2006, Johnson has had Tommy John surgery and shoulder problems and other random ailments which have led to a lot of lost seasons. If this is another one — his last under contract — he’s going to be hard pressed to even find a job next year.
You’ll be shocked to know that the Blue Jays have claimed a player off waivers.
This time it’s left-hander Aaron Laffey, who was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and pitched for the Blue Jays last season before they dropped him from the 40-man roster.
Laffey had a 4.56 ERA in 100 innings for Toronto last year and has a 4.44 ERA in 484 career innings overall, so he’s basically a standard fifth starter/long reliever. He was dropped by the Mets after allowing eight runs in 10 innings.
Shaun Marcum has yet to make his season debut due to nerve inflammation in his neck, but he’s inching closer to joining the Mets’ rotation.
According to Marc Carig of New York Newsday, Marcum tossed no-hit innings this afternoon in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The veteran right-hander threw a total of 41 pitches and struck out five batters.
Mets manager Terry Collins previously said that they want Marcum to get stretched out to around 90 pitches before being activated from the disabled list, so he figures to need two more rehab outings. That means left-hander Aaron Laffey will likely stick in the rotation for the time being.
Marcum, 31, posted a 3.70 ERA and 109/41 K/BB ratio in 124 innings over 21 starts with the Brewers last season. He signed a one-year deal with the Mets this winter which includes $4 million guaranteed.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum was unable to throw a scheduled simulated game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida because of lingering pain in his neck. Which means that he won’t be able to make his scheduled regular-season debut on Sunday vs. the Marlins. Aaron Laffey is expected to fill in.
Marcum was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right biceps tendinitis. He also got a cortisone shot in his right shoulder last week. This ongoing neck issue is presumably related to both.
Marcum signed a one-year, $4 million free agent contract with the Mets this winter after registering a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/41 K/BB ratio across 124 innings (21 starts) last season for the Brewers. It’s not known when he might debut.
From beat writer Mike Puma of the New York Post comes word that Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum has been diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and was administered a cortisone injection on Tuesday in Manhattan to fight the symptoms.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Puma Wednesday that the shot was “largely precautionary” and that Marcum has not been ruled out for the start of the season. But that’s probably subject to change.
Marcum battled shoulder soreness last spring and wound up going only 124 innings in 2012 with the Brewers. He inked a one-year, $4 million free agent contract with the Mets in late January after drawing interest from only a handful of teams.
The 31-year-old owns a 3.76 career ERA and a 1.22 career WHIP. If he isn’t ready to go, the Mets’ first-week rotation will probably be Jon Niese, Jeremy Hefner, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee and then Aaron Laffey.