Shaun Marcum, the oft-injured starter, is throwing again and may throw a bullpen on Tuesday, the Mets said Monday.
Still, Terry Collins is doubtful he’ll see the righty soon. Collins said lefty Aaron Laffey, who could not get out of the fifth inning on Sunday, would be the guy until “when, or if,” Marcum gets back.
Marcum got injections in his neck for nerve inflammation Thursday. It was his second setback, the righty having had a cortisone shot for what he called inflammation in his shoulder during spring training.
“He is throwing, but I don’t think he is anywhere close to getting into a game,” Collins said.
Marcum, who was signed for one year at $4 million, has been playing catch, according to Collins.
In better news for the Mets, closer Frank Francisco, who began the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation after offseason surgery, is throwing a bullpen session Tuesday and is close to minor-league rehab games.