Mets activate Maine

Dominick DiFucciAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2008
Maine will work out of the bullpen, and though what he can offer is a question mark, his return at least provides intrigue.

Suffering from a bone spur in his right shoulder, Maine hasn't pitched since Aug. 23. But with the relief corps in deplorable shape, the Mets could turn to Maine for help.

Before the game, Maine threw on flat ground and pitching coach Dan Warthen said he and Jerry Manuel believed Maine was capable of pitching in a game. But Warthen said the call would be GM Omar Minaya's, and Minaya seemed somewhat hesitant to give the green light.

"I think [Maine] is itching to go," Minaya said. "But I'd rather use caution."

Minaya had said he would speak to not only Manuel but also the Mets' medical staff. The team has been assured Maine would not be putting himself at further risk should he return to pitch.

But even Manuel was still curious about Maine's well-being.

"I don't know what he can give me, but my big concern with him is health," Manuel said. "It would be a good thing if he could be pain-free somewhat. I don't like the fact that he might have pain and still try to pitch through that."

Maine threw two simulated games recently, one a 24-pitch session this past Saturday, the other a 25-pitch session on Monday. He said Monday he "felt fine" and "I think I'm good to go."

Maine said that day his fastball was diminished from earlier this year, but Minaya said he was told Maine was still in the 92-93 mph range.

Maine has pitched out of the bullpen three times in the majors and hasn't done it at all since 2006.

Source: NY Post