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ATL@NYM: Marcum strikes out 12 against the Braves

One day after sweeping the Braves in a doubleheader, the Mets are getting back to business as usual.

Mets starter Shaun Marcum isn't just hoping for a good day at the ballpark, he needs one. The veteran struggled in his last outing, allowing six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs, and he's still winless on the season.

Marcum's ERA keeps rising and his spot in the rotation is becoming more precarious. The Mets are operating with a six-man rotation and somebody is eventually going to get moved to the bullpen.

The Mets have not announced when a decision will be made.

"He's a professional," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Marcum's last start. "He knows you've got to go out and get the job done. Down the road, that's a long way off right now. I don't know what we're going to do."

Braves starter Kris Medlen could use better results. He felt good in his last outing against the Giants but was victimized by a flurry of two-strike hits in a losing effort. In the end, he was charged with four runs on nine hits in six innings.

"I felt like I was ahead of guys, and it's just one of those frustrating games, really," Medlen said. "They're a team that doesn't strike out a lot. They lead the Major Leagues in not striking out, so they put the balls in play."

Strikeouts might not be a problem for Medlen on Wednesday. He racked up a season-high nine strikeouts in his only other appearance against the Mets this year.

Mets: Turner lands on disabled list
• The Mets placed Justin Turner on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left intercostal muscle.

"Those intercostals, I think it will only be 15 days," Collins said. "He did get an injection, but you just never know. It's the injury of the 2000s. Nobody knows how long they're going to take."

• Marlon Byrd has five home runs and nine RBIs this month. He also hit five home runs in May and has seven home runs in his last 18 games.

• Prospect Travis D'Arnaud, who has been rehabbing a broken bone in his left foot, was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery and has been cleared to begin a running progression program.

• Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a right oblique strain he suffered in Monday night's 2-1 win over the Mets. The Braves recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Gattis' spot on the roster.

"I guess it was just an awkward swing on a slider," Gattis said. "I was trying to check the swing, and it just grabbed me on my right oblique."

Gerald Laird will be Brian McCann's primary backup while Gattis is sidelined.

• The Braves are 4-22 in games in which they do not hit a home run this season and 38-9 in games with a home run.

Worth noting
• The Braves are 28-6 this season when scoring first.

• Mets third baseman David Wright trails San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval by 126,403 votes at the position in the latest All-Star ballot update. Wright gained more than 75,000 votes in the last week.

• The Braves are the last team in the big leagues this season to have used only five starting pitchers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Comments