According to a team press release, Mets right-hander John Maine, who was supposed to continue a minor-league rehabilitation assignment Saturday, instead will not pick up a ball for a week because of recurring discomfort in his shoulder.Maine (5-4 with a 4.52 ERA) called his injury “a little bit of a pinched nerve” and conceded he will be out at least through the All-Star break.
Without Maine, the Mets can continue to use Fernando Nieve in the rotation. Nieve, claimed from the Astros on waivers in March, is 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA since being called up.
Oliver Perez, out since early May, is scheduled to pitch Sunday for Class A Brooklyn on his rehab assignment.
Maine, who went on the disabled list June 12, said he was fine throwing a bullpen session Wednesday but had his shoulder act up Thursday while playing catch.
“I had to say something,” he said. “I thought I could get through it and I just couldn’t.
“I threw about 10 [times] and it hurt, so I just stopped.”
I can only shake my head in utter amazement….
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