Mets' Marcum faces season-ending surgery

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

New York Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum is out for the season and is scheduled for surgery on Monday, reported Tuesday.
The Mets placed Marcum on the 15-day disabled list with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a blockage in an artery that has caused lingering pain and numbness in his pitching hand, neck and upper back. The right-hander could resume throwing again in about two months, but it would be too late to return this season.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter had the same surgery and has been slow to recover from it.
The injury-plagued Marcum struggled to a 1-10 record with a 5.29 ERA in 78 1/3 innings in 2013 after signing a one-year, $4 million contract with the Mets during the offseason.
The 31-year-old underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2009 and missed the entire season.

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