Sidelined for a month with right biceps tendinitis, Shaun Marcum's adrenaline will be running high when he makes his Mets debut on Saturday against the Phillies at Citi Field.
"You've got to know how to control it and use it to your advantage," Marcum said. "Know when to back off, know when to add on a little bit. I'm looking forward to it. I'm definitely excited to get out there."
While Marcum is making his season debut, Mets manager Terry Collins said the team saw enough of him in Spring Training to know what kind of pitcher will be taking the hill.
"Obviously, it's all about the health issues. He says he's feeling great. We know he's going to sink it, he's going to change up, he's going to work the corners," Collins said. "He's going to work fast. He's one of those guys -- even though we're going to watch him pretty close pitch-count wise -- he's going to get us to the fifth or sixth inning easy."
Marcum didn't throw more than 75 pitches in any game during the spring and is expected to be held to an 85- to 90-pitch limit on Saturday.
Meanwhile, right-hander Jonathan Pettibone will be on the hill for the Phillies in only his second Major League start.
In his debut on Monday against the Pirates, Pettibone allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The runs came on solo home runs by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin.
Pettibone also struck out six, putting him in some elite company. No Phillies pitcher had struck out more in his debut since Cole Hamels whiffed seven May 12, 2006.
"He has to relax and pitch like he can," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Keep himself under control. Focus on what he is doing and get some confidence off of his first time. He is going to be new to this team, too."
Phillies: Hamels up for Wanamaker award
• Hamels has been nominated for Philadelphia's 2013 Wanamaker Athletic Award, which honors an athlete, team or organization who "has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel."
Hamels said that the best thing about being recognized for giving back is the encouragement it provides him to give even more.
"You are not really doing it to get the awards, you are doing it because you want to," he said. "But getting that sort of recognition means I am doing the right thing, making the right choices in life and this motivates you to see how far you can take this."
In 2009 Hamels and his wife, Heidi, established the Hamels Foundation, which has awarded $600,000 in grants to schools in underprivileged areas of Philadelphia. A school that would benefit up to 4,000 orphans in Malawi, Africa, is in the works.
Mets: Wright moves to cleanup spot
• Collins decided to move third baseman David Wright into the cleanup spot for Friday's game against the Phillies.
It marked the first time this season that Wright had been in that spot, with Collins choosing to pencil Wright in as the No. 3 hitter for all other games this season.
"[General manager] Sandy [Alderson] came in yesterday, and we talked a little bit about the lineup and how to reshape it," said Collins before Friday's game. "And he brought up a great point. The numbers that David put up in the [World Baseball Classic] were unbelievable. The RBIs."
Wright finished Friday's game 1-for-4.
• The Phillies have won eight of their last 11 contests at Citi Field, dating back to the 2011 season.
• In five career starts against Philadelphia, Marcum is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.