To make room for Marcum on the active roster, the Mets optioned LHP Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton.
9:27 am: The Mets sent Edgin to Double-A because pitchers are struggling while in the Pacific Coast League with Triple-A Las Vegas (Ackert, Daily News).
Marcum pitched only 9 2/3 innings during Spring Training, allowing five earned runs in three starts.
“It’s been frustrating to be [on a rehab assignment]," Marcum told reporters at Citi Field yesterday. "But there was nothing I could do about it. I’m up here now looking forward to getting out there [on Saturday]."
Marcum missed the first 3 1/2 weeks of the season with bicep tendinitis and neck pain - he received trigger point injections in his next earlier this month.
“He’s not a guy who’s going to overpower you,” John Buck said, according to the New York Post. “He pitches to contact, uses his defense. He has a really, really good idea of how to pitch.”
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7:40 am: The rotation has stabilized somewhat over the last week, but the Mets need a solid Marcum in their rotation. When healthy, Marcum is a good mid-rotation pitcher who has veteran experience with a history of winning games consistently. The key is getting him out there and keeping him out there. He and Buck have worked together in the past while with Toronto, and so I expect the learning curve to be small today. He doesn’t throw hard and throws pretty much everything but relies mostly on a fastball/change-up/cutter combination. He pitches to contact but throws strikes which helps him remain effective. He doesn’t record many strikeouts but he limits his walks and does a pretty good job of keeping the ball in the park - that should be further limited in the big parks of the National League East.
As for the forthcoming roster move, it's logical to expect the Mets to send someone in the bullpen down. Right now, they're carrying three left-handed relievers: Scott Rice, Robert Carson, and Josh Edgin. Edgin has really struggled, and so he seems like the logical candidate to go to Las Vegas. His velocity just isn’t where it was last year, and it hasn’t been there going all the way back to Spring Training. On top of that, he’s working up in the strike zone, his ball is very flat, and he's getting hit really hard.