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Marcum day-to-day with neck inflammation

Mets' Shaun Marcum delivers a pitch during a

Mets' Shaun Marcum delivers a pitch during a spring training workout at Tradition Field. (Feb. 15, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum is day-to-day following an MRI exam on Thursday that revealed nerve inflammation in his neck. Marcum had come to New York to be examined by team doctors though the club announced that the pitcher was sent back to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie.

According to the club, Marcum will be shut down for 48 hours after he underwent trigger-point injections, which are used to manage muscle pain.

Marcum had been scheduled to come off the disabled list to start against the Marlins on Sunday. Instead, lefthander Aaron Laffey is expected to be called up in his place. Marcum, 31, has been sidelined since with a shoulder impingement and neck pain.

He has not pitched since March 16. He remains on the DL with what the team called a right biceps strain.

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