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Marcum -- who's currently on the disabled list -- was slated to return for the Mets on Sunday. Instead, New York is expected to recall left-hander Aaron Laffey to take the mound against the Miami Marlins.
Earlier this week, Marcum was scratched from his scheduled simulated start in extended spring training. He was then sent for an MRI exam yesterday that revealed the inflammation in his neck. The right-hander has been battling multiple injury issues throughout the spring, which ultimately resulted in him beginning the regular season on the DL.
Marcum will now be shut down for 48 hours after undergoing trigger-point injections -- used to help manage muscle pain. He will be reevaluated following the two-day resting period, and it will then be determined what's next for the veteran.
New York signed Marcum over the offseason to help fill out their starting rotation. However, he and fellow veteran starter Johan Santana -- who recently underwent season-ending surgery -- are sidelined, leaving the Mets to rely on younger arms.