DENVER -- Right-hander Shaun Marcum, who has yet to pitch this season due to neck and shoulder issues, is scheduled to throw three to four innings in a game-type atmosphere Thursday in Florida, according to manager Terry Collins. That will preclude Marcum from rejoining the Mets this weekend, but could put him in line to do so next week.
Marcum, who opened the season on the disabled list with nerve inflammation in his neck, has dealt with various levels of pain since mid-March. In his absence, the Mets have proceeded with left-hander Aaron Laffey in the rotation, though they have already pushed back and skipped Laffey multiple times this season.
With Marcum scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, there was some thought that he might be able to join the big league rotation by this weekend. But his mound work later this week will prevent him from making his Mets debut until Tuesday at the earliest.
Due to consecutive postponements, the Mets have not set their rotation past Friday.
Marcum, who has a long history of shoulder and elbow issues, signed a one-year deal with the Mets over the winter worth $4 million plus incentives. He went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts last season for the Brewers, missing more than a month due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.