New York Mets right-handed starting pitcher Shaun Marcum is day-to-day after an MRI revealed nerve inflammation in his neck. The Mets have shut him down for 48 hours to see if injections administered to ease his discomfort help reduce the irritation in his neck.
Marcum was scheduled to start an extended spring training contest on Tuesday, but he was scratched as a result of his lingering injury. Following his two-day resting period, the veteran will be reevaluated and New York will determine what's next for him.
Phils return Rule 5 pick
The Philadelphia Phillies have returned Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Philadelphia designated Inciarte for assignment recently to make room on the roster for Ezequiel Carrera -- who was claimed from the Cleveland Indians.
Prior to being selected in the Rule 5 Draft in December, Inciarte hadn't appeared in a game above the high-A level. He spent the 2012 season with a pair of Arizona's Class-A affiliates, hitting a combined .307/.376/.421 with 28 doubles, 10 triples and two home runs. The 22-year-old owns a career batting line of .283/.347/.367 over parts of five seasons in the minors.