Shaun Marcum allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.
It was Marcum's best start of the season by far, though he wound up taking the loss. He scattered four singles and a double while issuing only one walk and striking out three. The right-hander will carry an 0-4 record, 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP into his next start against the Reds.
Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI but the Mets fell to the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Ankiel singled in the top of the second inning and then hit a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh. But the Mets wound up losing their third straight game in St. Louis. Ankiel is 2-for-8 since joining New York.
Jon Niese believes he ironed out his mechanical issues since his last start.
Niese watched himself in a mirror while he worked on trying to keep his body tall and on a straight line. He also threw more max-effort pitches than usual in his between-starts bullpen session and considered it his best session of the year. The left-hander has allowed 15 runs over his last two starts but will be looking for better results on Thursday in St. Louis.
Tim Byrdak (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.
It's his first since undergoing surgery on his pitching shoulder last September. Byrdak still has a long ways to go, but the Mets are hoping he can rejoin the bullpen sometime in July.
Zack Wheeler was cleared of any structural damage in his clavicle Wednesday during a visit with team doctors.
"All good," Wheeler's agent Al Goetz sent in a text message to the Newark Star-Ledger. Wheeler began experiencing some minor soreness in his collarbone earlier this week and was sent to New York City for a precautionary exam. But everything checked out fine. He should return to the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation within the next several days.