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Mets' Shaun Marcum to be examined by team doctors, unlikely to start Sunday

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

Shaun Marcum is headed to New York to be examined by team doctors on Thursday, Mets manager Terry Collins said during his pregame media briefing on Wednesday. The veteran righthander is unlikely to make his scheduled start against the Marlins on Sunday, an assignment that will likely fall to lefty Aaron Laffey.

Marcum, 31, has dealt with a variety of maladies in spring training. This time, Collins said Marcum experienced discomfort from his right shoulder to his neck while running. The discomfort forced the Mets to scratch Marcum from a simulated game as he warmed up on Tuesday. It was to be his final tuneup before being activated from the DL for Sunday's game.

Even if doctors find no major issues with Marcum, Laffey may remain in the rotation for more than one start. Marcum hasn't pitched since March 16, and the longer he goes without pitching since that day, the longer it will take him to get prepapred to pitch

Marcum has already received a cortisone shot after being diagnosed with an inpingement of his right shoulder. He later complained of pain in his neck, though when the club officially placed him on the disabled list, Marcum was listed with right biceps tendinitis.

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