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The Mets are likely done with John Maine

Jun 19, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

John Maine allowed one (unearned) run over 4 1/3 innings in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, but according to what Mets manager Jerry Manuel told Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, he is not close to coming back to Queens. Far from it.

Jerry is saying is the Maine has likely thrown his
last pitch as a New York Met.

I’m guessing that the Mets will simply designate him for assignment once the clock on his minor league rehab stint is done. Maine hasn’t resembled anything close to a useful pitcher since his shoulder problems surfaced during the 2008 season, so the Mets are unlikely to get much, if anything, back via trade.

Hisanori Takahashi or R.A. Dickey have done just fine in place of Maine and Oliver Perez, but one of them, likely Takahashi, will head to the bullpen if general manager Omar Minaya is able to land a starting pitcher before the trade deadline.

  1. DC - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Umm, Maine allowed only one hit and one run – unearned – last night. I don’t want to see him knock Takahashi or Dickey out of the rotation – and he won’t as long as those guys keep pitching well. And he needs to regain a little velocity in order to have success in the majors. But I seriously doubt the Mets designate Maine for assignment anytime soon.

  2. DC - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Umm, Maine allowed only one hit and one run – unearned – last night. I don’t want to see him knock Takahashi or Dickey out of the rotation – and he won’t as long as those guys keep pitching well. And he needs to regain a little velocity in order to have success in the majors. But I seriously doubt the Mets designate Maine for assignment anytime soon.

  3. D.J. Short - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Thanks for the fix.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Heard a little expanded version of this. Jerry Manuel was asked if he would send Dickey down and responded “Nope”, was asked if he would send Takahashi down, said “Nope” then was asked when Maine would pitch and said: “One the off days”.

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