John Maine hasn’t pitched in a game for the Mets since August 23rd. He’s got bone spurs in his right shoulder but is trying to come back for the final week of the season and maybe the playoffs.
Maine will throw 15-20 pitches against three batters in Atlanta today. He did throw 10 pitches on Thursday in Washington and pitching coach Dan Warthen described the workout as “unimpressive”.
Warthen has downplayed the chances of Maine coming back and making a contribution this season. The plan going forward is for Maine to come off the disabled list on Monday and pitch in relief appearances of no more than one inning. Initially, he’ll be pitching in games with a run differential of five or more to keep the pressure off him.
As much as I’d like to see Maine get back and help the team this season, he’s one of the most valuable players the Mets have based on his talent and that he’s still under the Mets control for several years before he becomes arbitration eligible. They can’t take a chance on doing something this season that could hurt his chances of helping the Mets in the future.