This weekend we reported on how well John Maine performed in his rehab start for Port St. Lucie. He pitched four shutout innings while allowing just two hits, one walk, and striking out six. The news was even better when Maine said that he experienced no pain the next day.
“It’s a little tight but it’s just getting back to normal,” Maine said when asked how he felt. “But as of now, no pain. I didn’t have any pain Saturday night so this feels pretty good.”
Maine has been on the DL since June 7th.
According to report by Brian Costa of the Star Ledger,
Maine said it was after he met with noted orthopedist James Andrews July 29 that he turned the corner in his comeback. Up until that point, Maine said he had been throwing regularly and the shoulder was not getting better. He still felt the pain in between throwing, and began to think he would not be able to come back this year.
Andrews suggested he stop throwing for a while, and he did, shutting it down for two weeks. That made the difference, he said.
“That was something I probably should’ve done earlier but didn’t,” Maine said. “Soon as I was feeling better I started throwing off the mound and long tossing, I knew I was going to pitch this season.”
Maine also added that he is not 100%, but believes he will be by spring training after a couple of more months of rest in the off season. he seemed to get a little hot and bothered when a reporter referred to his injury as a tired shoulder which was what the Mets have called it.
The next step for Maine will be a bullpen session on Tuesday followed by a simulated game a day later. After that, manager Jerry Manuel said Maine would get to start the second game of next Sunday’s day-night doubleheader in Philadelphia.
“If he’s healthy, and he performs well, I think we need to see him,” Manuel said. “He’s a guy we need to see.”
Bring it on…
We need to see Maine on the mound and showing us what he’s got. It’s been far to long since we’ve seen him pitch effectively and if he’s able to compete without any pain, then get him on the mound and let’s see if he will be a factor for us in 2010.
Oddly enough though. Omar Minaya almost guaranteed John Maine will be back in 2010. It has been speculated by many that John Maine would be non-tendered this offseason and that the Mets would not offer him arbitration. Minaya seemed to debunk those rumors when he said,
“We are hopeful that he is going to be fine. Saturday’s outing was an encouraging outing. And we’ll see how he finishes the year. But we feel pretty good that he’s going to be OK. We are planning on him for next year.”
I like John Maine, and before he got hurt and had surgery over a year ago, I considered him to be a mainstay on the team and a solid presence in the middle of the Mets rotation. He’s one of those gritty type players that I love, and he can turn it up a notch in a big game when he needs to as we’ve all seen him do before.
A healthy John Maine would fit in perfectly as the team’s number three pitcher, but the Mets would still need a number two type pitcher to fit in between him and Johan Santana. But that’s another blog, for now let’s be content with the news that Maine is feeling good and could be pitching against the Phillies in six days.