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Posts tagged ‘John Maine’

Welcome to December, Goodbye Free Agents!

Okay, so it’s tough to actually draw a line and say, “from now on, we’re talking about 2009” during the offseason, since we have free agents, WBRL free agents, arb-eligibles, and protected lists all happening at various times.  For the purposes of, we’ll use December 1st.

While I’ll be posting individual wrap ups for each player later this offseason, as of December first, the Current Roster has been updated, and the following players are no longer active Atomic Roadrunners:

WBRL Contracts Expired:

  • P Brandon Webb
  • P John Maine
  • 1B Prince Fielder
  • SS Jose Reyes
  • OF Shane Victorino
  • OF Corey Hart
  • OF Lastings Milledge

Traded to an AL Team in 2008:

  • 1B Mark Teixeira

Traded from an AL Team in 2008:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • OF Brandon Moss
  • P Joe Blanton

Signed after the August 19, 2008 protection deadline:

  • C Pablo Sandoval
  • P Luis Ayala
  • P Jason Motte

Lincecum Wins the Internet Baseball Awards Cy Young!

Tim Lincecum was named the Cy Young Award winner in the 17th Annual Internet Baseball Awards. 2006 winner and 2007 runner-up Brandon Webb finished fourth in the voting. Below are the results:

Rnk Name                        1      2      3      4      5       B       P
  1. Tim Lincecum              955    335     56     15      4    1365   12224
  2. Johan Santana             273    619    184     71     22    1169    8218
  3. C.C. Sabathia             122    155    281    159    128     845    4315
  4. Brandon Webb               47    189    318    193    106     853    4068
  5. Cole Hamels                 5     42    212    214    130     603    2176
  6. Brad Lidge                  9     18     94    109     83     313    1096
  7. Ryan Dempster               5     16     86    101    124     332    1019
  8. Dan Haren                   1     10     47     83     98     239     662
  9. Edinson Volquez             0      6     33     42     55     136     388
 10. Jake Peavy                  2     11     23     38     34     108     360
 24. John Maine                  1      0      0      1      0       2      13
 26. Brandon Lyon                1      0      0      0      0       1      10
 34. Brian Wilson                0      0      1      0      1       2       6
 41. Josh Johnson                0      0      0      1      0       1       3
 41. Todd Wellemeyer             0      0      0      1      0       1       3
 50. Matt Lindstrom              0      0      0      0      1       1       1

Maine Expects to be 100 Percent by Spring Training

Mets SP John Maine, who missed much of the second half with a bone spur in his right shoulder, doesn’t think he should have any trouble returning next season. “It’s a simple surgery. No cutting. No attaching anything,” said Maine, out since Aug. 23. “I’ll be 100 percent by spring training.” Maine’s surgery isn’t considered invasive, but bone spurs tend to develop when you have weakness in joints and ligaments, which could lead to more serious injuries. We won’t rule out Maine for being an ace for 2009, but you have to be wary at this point. (CBS Sports)

Maine underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a lesion from the back of his right shoulder socket. It doesn’t look like the Mets have any intention of trying to turn him into their closer next year. He went 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA this season. (Rotoworld)

Maine to Have Bone Spur Surgery This Week

John Maine will have surgery sometime this week week to fix a bone spur issue in his right shoulder. Manager Jerry Manuel told Maine on Thursday that he wasn’t going to pitch him again this season and the Mets made it official Sunday. “Once you decide he is not going to be on a postseason roster if we make it, then you might as well go ahead with the surgery,” GM Omar Minaya said. The procedure is considered fairly minor. Maine should be ready for spring training. (Rotoworld)

Mets Won’t Use Returning Maine This Season

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he’s made the decision not to use John Maine for the rest of the season. Doctors have cleared him and upper management activated him from the disabled list, yet Manuel seems to be taking it upon himself not to pitch Maine. The idea that it should be his decision to make is simply ludicrous. But, then again, it’s not like the Mets need bullpen help. Manuel said that being activated is Maine’s reward for working hard to get back, the Westchester Journal-News’ Mets blog reports. Manuel said he’s old school and doesn’t like throwing a young arm out there if there’s a problem. Maine said he still has a little pain in the shoulder thanks to the bone spur and understands, although he held out remote hope of being used for an inning in a game that isn’t tight, if there is one. If you were holding on to Maine with the hope that he could pitch in a key situations, that possibility looks remote. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Lowry Shut Down With More Elbow Problems

Noah Lowry might require surgery to rid the pain in his ailing left elbow. Lowry, who was shut down again by team doctors, visited with Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday and threw around the idea of Tommy John surgery. “You’re concerned, when he’s had the setbacks he’s had,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We do have all winter to get it right and get him on track. It’s got to be hard for him. He’s got to be discouraged and frustrated.” Nothing is close to official yet, but if he has that surgery, we can rule out the pitcher for 2009. (Rotoworld)

Maine Activated from DL, May Contribute to Bullpen

Mets activated RHP John Maine from the 15-day disabled list. Maine will try to help the Mets as a reliever after spending the last month nursing a sore shoulder. (Rotoworld)

Final Week 2008 – Diminished Capacity

The Roadrunners are dealing with quite a few injuries as the season winds down, and these are affecting my stats over the final week:

Catcher: Both Chris Iannetta and Pablo Sandoval are day-to-day after weekend injuries.  Sandoval had a strained quad, while Iannetta was pulled from Sunday’s game with severe leg cramping, which isn’t good for a catcher.  Both are day-to-day over the final week.

Infield: Brandon Phillips is on the 60-Day DL due to a broken finger from two weeks ago.  Ryan Theriot‘s Cubs have already clinched, and he and other regulars are being rested over the final week in preparation for the post-season.  Chipper Jones‘ latest injury is shoulder inflammation, which has limited him to pinch-hitting appearances since last Friday.  Depending on the pitching matchup, he may sit occasionally.  Even September call-up Mat Gamel admitted he was injured, and he was shut down with a sore elbow, though this is likely what caused his poor second half.

Outfield: Remember when the Roadrunners had ridiculous depth of somewhat-decent outfielders?  Well, no more.  Corey Hart is slumping badly, though at least the Brewers are striving for the wild card – they’ll trot him out there each day.  Brandon Moss just learned that he has some bad knee cartilage, and he has been shut down, and may require surgery that’ll have him miss part of Spring Training.  Ten days ago Chris Dickerson hurt his foot, and he had been hobbled.  Finally an MRI detected a hairline fracture in his heel, so he’s shut down as well.  Jody Gerut has only one start since August 27th due to a strained finger tendon, making it impossible for him to hold a bat – though he has been a pinch runner.  Gregor Blanco has been sitting of late as the Braves try to figure out which of their young outfielders will be in their plans for next season.  Blanco should be safe, but he’ll be no more than a No. 4 OF.

Pitching: The pitching isn’t in bad shape in this final week.  In addition to the Noah Lowry pickup (he was rehabbing while on the 60-Day DL when picked up), John Maine has basically been shut down for the season. Well, but no one told him that – there’s a chance he’ll be on the playoff roster (if the Mets win the wild card), but he has a bone spur that requires surgery.  Idiotic Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been driving Tim Lincecum into the ground, and yesterday’s start showed that he might not have anything left in the tank.  Lincecum of course leads the majors in pitcher abuse points, and I’d like to personally thank Bochy for ruining Lincecum’s career for a fourth-place 70-87 squad that’s 12 games out of first.

Maine Feels Only Normal Soreness After Simulated Game

A day after throwing a 25-pitch simulated game, John Maine (bone spur in right shoulder) said he felt only normal soreness Tuesday and is “good enough to go out there,” the NY Daily News reports. Maine is hoping he’ll be activated to pitch out of the bullpen as soon as Wednesday, but acknowledged it’s “in management’s hands. It’s not my call.”Manager Jerry Manuel has been reluctant to activate Maine, but the team may need to take the chance that he can help out a beleaguered bullpen. (Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Maine Has the Ball Jumping in Simulated Game

John Maine (shoulder) threw 25 pitches Monday in another simulated game, and one teammate who watched him said, “Today the ball was jumping,” the NY Daily News’ Mets blog reports. With the team desperate for bullpen help and needing someone who can get swings and misses, look for Maine to get activated and pitch in relief sometime during the week. (Rotowire)