Shaun Marcum came through a 30-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie feeling good on Wednesday. It was the first time back on the mound for the righty who had an injection last Thursday for nerve inflammation in his neck. The Mets see it as a step forward considering Marcum had issues with throwing off the mound twice before. The Mets are not planning another bullpen session for Marcum until seeing how the 31-year-old feels on Thursday.

Closer Frank Francisco, who is on the DL with inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow, took another step on Tuesday. Scheduled to throw a bullpen session, the closer said he felt good and asked to face hitters. He threw an 18-pitch simulated inning.

Jordany Valdespin can be “The Man” all he wants. The flamboyant converted outfielder was booed Tuesday night with the Mets trailing, 8-2, and one out. Valdespin tripled off Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee in the fifth. The 25-year-old pounded his chest, and as he pulled into third base, he emphatically clapped his hands.

“Let him play his game,” Terry Collins said Wednesday before Wednesday’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park. Valdespin was a career-best 3-for-5 while leading off and playing center. Collins shrugged off Valdespin’s antics from the night before. “Jose (Reyes) was here and he brought a lot of excitement and thrill to the game and a little flair to the game,” the Mets manager said. “I said if you don’t like it, don’t watch it, keep your eye on the ball on the field and don’t watch it. Let him play his game.”

Wednesday night, Collins was rewarded for sticking with Valdespin, who made a great running catch to rob Domonic Brown of a bloop single in the fifth.

“We gotta get him in there some more,” Collins said of Valdespin, who is hitting .400 in seven games. “Gotta get him in there.”