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Shaun Marcum will start next Thursday's game against the Nationals in Viera, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Earlier this week, Marcum took a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, but said he expected to make his next start.

Rubin says Marcum will be in line to pitch the second game of the season against San Diego, after which Matt Harvey will pitch the third game, and Dillon Gee will open the series against the Marlins.

According to Rubin, it remains unclear whether or not the team will use Jeremy Hefner in the fifth game, or if they'll use the off-day and skip his turn in the rotation the first time through.

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