Shaun Marcum given injection for shoulder impingement

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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.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

Alex Bregman
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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.