New York Mets
John Maine underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue from his right shoulder on Friday in Philadelphia, with a doctor unaffiliated with the team. He is out for the season. Given Maine is making $3.3 million this season and is arbitration-eligible, he is certain to be a nontender in December and a free agent at that point. That means his Mets career may very well be over. Maine's last outing came May 20 at Washington, when he was pulled after five pitches against his will with sagging velocity. He originally underwent surgery on the shoulder on Sept. 30, 2008 to remove a bony growth from the socket.
Jerry Manuel suggested any confrontations with Maine, such as in D.C. over the right-hander's removal from the game, were not based on any animosity. Rather, the manager suggested, it was about protecting Maine from himself by not allowing him to pitch with an injury and exacerbating the issue.
"I was getting on John Maine for hurting John Maine," Manuel said. "That's what a lot of people don't understand. ... Our argument was, 'You're hurting yourself and I'm not going to let you do it.'"