NEW YORK -- An afternoon that began with concern over Shaun Marcum's health ended with a transaction of relatively little consequence. Needing extra pitching, the Mets on Tuesday purchased the contract of right-hander Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning infielder Zach Lutz to the Minors.
The Mets waited until an hour before game time Tuesday to make the move as they awaited test results on Marcum, who gestured to his neck during Monday's game against the D-backs. Marcum began this season on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, which stemmed from a nerve issue that affected his neck in Spring Training.
Asked about the testing after Tuesday's game, Marcum swore under his breath, insisted that "I'm fine," and said he will make his next start "as far as I know."
"That's for me and the club, so I'm not going to talk about it," Marcum said of the testing he underwent. "I don't know why you guys [the media] need to know everything."
When asked directly about his neck on Monday night, Marcum also said that he was "fine" and did "not have any concern."
The Mets apparently agreed, keeping Marcum in the rotation and instead optioning Lutz to Las Vegas. With David Wright entrenched at third base and Josh Satin playing extremely well at first, Lutz had received only four at-bats since joining the Mets early last week.
For the immediate future, the Mets will proceed with an extra arm in their bullpen. Germen, who was called up for the first time in his career, posted a 5.70 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 2/3 innings at Las Vegas. He did not appear in Tuesday's game.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com, and Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.