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Mets' Shaun Marcum to miss next start with shoulder impingement

Pitcher Shaun Marcum delivers a pitch during a

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

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mets starting pitcher Shaun Marcum had a cortisone shot on Tuesday after he was diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder, the team announced Wednesday. The righthander will be sidelined for a few days.

Marcum, who signed with the Mets this winter, was brought in to round out the starting rotation. But he also has a long history of elbow and shoulder issues.

Marcum had been scheduled to start on Thursday. Jeremy Hefner will start in his place. Marcum, 31, is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA in three spring starts.

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