Maine Break in Flushing?

Sorry for the bad plumbing joke. Trying to find humor in recent weeks with the Mets has been like trying to finding a Michael Jackson fan who can admit there was a child molestation trial.

According to Kaitlin Strang and David Lennon of Newsday, John Maine is about to be assosciated with the three most dreaded words in sports. No, not “You’ve Been Traded,” or “Your Wife’s here” or even “Fill this Cup.”

Dr. James. Andrews.

Apparently after Maine’s 60 pitch session to Delgado and Reyes the other day he experienced some more discomfort in his rehabbing shoulder where he had surgery on his pinched nerve.

“[Tuesday] it felt all right, but the days in between, it’s hard,” Maine said. “It aches a little bit, but what are you going to do? There’s always a chance that you’re not going to go out there and do your best. It’s not too bad pitching; it’s just the days in between.”

Maine said he is so anxious to return to the big club, he’d pitch lefthanded if he could.

“Arm injuries happen and I hate it, but it’s just a natural process,” Maine said. “I’m trying to get over it.”

Maine also blamed the natural competitor in himself for perhaps pushing too hard after arthroscopic surgery Sept. 30.

“In the winter I tried coming back faster to be ready for spring, and then it hit. Then at the same time, when I came back from the DL, I tried coming back even faster,” Maine said. “I don’t want to be here. I want to be up there. It’s me. I don’t know when to lay off the gas.”

A trip to Dr. James Andrews doesn’t always mean surgery, but it is never a good sign. John Maine was expected to be counted on as the #3, possibly #2 starter this season. While he has not progressed past being a 5-6 inning pitcher, his potential to become a solid front of the rotation pitcher was evident.

If Maine does go through surgery again, the Mets should not count on him to supply that front rotation help in 2010, in my opinion.


It is just yet another in the long line of bad Mets injury news this season. The number may go up to 11 today with Cora and/or Sheffield. We’ll keep you posted. Take a good look at the picture, it may be a while before you see the Maine Man in a Mets uniform.

Now let’s tempt fate all together shall we. On 3. 1. 2. 3!


Posted by Robert Z


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