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Maine (shoulder) willing to work out of Mets' bullpen, maybe even as closer

Updated: September 15, 2008, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander John Maine would be willing to work out of the New York Mets' problematic bullpen -- maybe even as the closer -- if he returns this season from a right shoulder injury.

Maine tossed a ball 35 times on flat ground Monday and hopes to return during next week's season-ending homestand, he said before New York's game against the Washington Nationals.

"I felt good. ... I didn't throw more than 60 feet," said Maine, on the disabled list since Aug. 24 with a bone ...

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