Shaun Marcum is the latest Mets player to land on the injury report. He received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder to treat an impingement, according to the team.
“He said he gets it every spring, pretty much,” [Terry] Collins said, referring to a shoulder issue. “So he just wanted to get it cleaned up and get it done early so he could take a couple of extra days now and go into his last start in the spring and extend himself a little bit.” [via ESPN New York]
Hardly encouraging, given that Johan Santana will almost certainly start the season on the DL, but not much of a surprise considering Marcum’s recent health history. (Ex-Met Chris Young could soon be available… as much as I thought he wore out his welcome last year, he strikes me as a better option than Aaron Laffey if Marcum is going to miss more than a spring training start.)
Blogger John Delcos points out that more than half of the Mets’ 2013 payroll could be on the disabled list at the start of the season.
No one will miss Frank Francisco (except maybe Giancarlo Stanton and Jason Heyward), but I’d feel better about Opening Day if I knew David Wright would be able to play and wasn’t relying on Terry Collins‘ predictions. Daniel Murphy, originally reported as “day-to-day” with a strained rib cage muscle a month ago, has participated in one minor league spring training game and looks doubtful for the start of the season.
It’s beginning to feel like 2009 all over again, when seemingly every Mets player landed on the disabled list at some point during the season. (How bad was it? Someone actually made a Sporcle quiz asking if you could name all of the injured Mets in 2009.)
The 2013 Mets are hardly the only team with Opening Day injury questions, and the Mets’ health issues really could be minor ones that we’ll have forgotten about by Memorial Day. But at some point, I’m going to have to start wondering if this franchise really is cursed somehow.