Shaun Marcum throws two scoreless innings
JUPITER, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum has been around long enough to know what he needs to get prepared for the season. He said Tuesday he doesn't need six starts in spring training. If anything, he's learned over the years that in his case, less is more.
"The shorter the better for me," he said.
And with spring training about a week longer this year because of the World Baseball Classic, Marcum asked to be held out of game action after pitching in the Mets' Grapefruit League opener. It seems the rest has done him some good.
In his first outing since Feb. 23, Marcum threw two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 4-0 loss in a "B'' game against the Marlins.
"I wanted to be smart about this spring, especially with the extended spring,'' said Marcum, one of three veterans who pitched after long layoffs.
Reliever LaTroy Hawkins allowed one run in two innings in his first outing since an intrasquad game Feb. 22. Lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano allowed a run in one inning, his first of the spring and his first with the Mets since 2010.
"I'm glad to get them out there,'' Terry Collins said. "I'm glad to get them now in a routine where they're going to start pitching in some games facing hitters and start to get them ready.''
Marcum intends to be on a regular schedule for the rest of spring training. "It's going good,'' said Marcum, who has a history of shoulder and elbow problems. "I feel like I've got my legs underneath me. Shoulder feels strong. Everything feels strong.''
The 31-year-old worked through a bases-loaded jam in the first inning before needing just nine pitches in a perfect second. He finished with 28 pitches and might go up to 40 in his next start. "It's just a matter of getting a hitter and repeating mechanics and things like that,'' said Marcum, whose fastball was clocked at 84-86 mph.
In two innings, Hawkins allowed one run, the product of a four-pitch walk. He also committed an error. Scouts clocked his fastball at 89-92 mph.
"Not bad at all the first time out,'' said Hawkins, who had pitched only two-thirds of an inning in an intrasquad game.
Feliciano's inning began with a homer by Ben Lasater. Feliciano faced one lefty, Derek Dietrich, whom he hit with a pitch. "What a welcome, huh?'' said Feliciano, who is trying to make the team after shoulder problems wiped out his two previous seasons with the Yankees.
Feliciano, whose fastball was clocked in the low 80s, had been shut down after doctors discovered a genetic heart condition. He pitched with a heart monitor strapped to his chest and a reader tucked in his back pocket. Said Feliciano: "It's nothing at all.''
Mejia sent back to NY. Righthander Jenrry Mejia was sent to New York for a follow-up exam related to a medical issue discovered in his physical, according to the club. He had been scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's "B'' game against the Marlins.
"I got a call that said, 'Hey, look, the doctors think that he needs to be scratched,' " Collins said. "So we scratched him.''
Mejia, who arrived in camp late because of a visa issue, will likely begin the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.