John Maine to the DL

maine-comfortAn hour after The New York Times reported that moving John Maine’s start back one day was “not serious“, it was reported on SNY that Maine was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

I’m thinking the Mets might want to reverse things — how about telling us which players are NOT on the DL? It’ll save time.

Maine heads to the DL with “fatigue in the shoulder”, but “it’s nothing serious” according to Maine. Hmm … keep telling us it’s “nothing serious”, and we’ll eventually come to realize it’s anything but.

His entry on the DL is retroactive to June 7th, the day after his last start. Maine’s replacement has not yet been announced, but I’d imagine Nelson Figueroa is due for a callup. Figgy last pitched for Buffalo on June 8th, so he’s right on schedule to start on Saturday. In that last appearance, Figueroa allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, striking out seven.

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  1. upson June 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm
    I’m sure it will be Figgy, but a second possibility is to put Nieve into rotation and bring Dessens up for 7th/8th inning.
  2. joejanish June 11, 2009 at 11:26 pm
    upson, interesting scenario. Could that be why Nieve was held out of Phillies’ game?
  3. micalpalyn June 12, 2009 at 1:17 am
    -I think Niese too. He is pitching better, he is the best chip we have to trade, and Figs might be needed later in Sept.

    – OK 2 losses. I had ZERO faith in Pel and Redding against the Phils, especially after they hit 4HR vs JS. But our pitching was better than i thought they would be, agreed on JM. His tendency to have pitchers go 4-6 batters is not one of his strong points. BP after last night should get one inning. Agreed Stokes and Nieve have done nothing to suggest they cant pitch. In fact Nieve has done very well since being obtained and should at least considered for that 7th inning guy.

    Overall thse last 2 games were very scrappy affairs and we got out scrapped.

  4. murph June 12, 2009 at 3:30 am
    Another tough loss (for the fans).
    Losing in extra innings isn’t so bad. It’s going into extra innings when you should have won it in 9 that hurts the most… Two days in a row!

    If anybody is in NYC on Friday night, there is a Mets fans meetup group having a game watch party at Mustang Harry’s for Friday night’s Mets v. Yankees game. I plan to attend. Anybody else interested?

    Mustang Harry’s
    352 Seventh Ave. (between 29th & 30th St.)
    New York, NY

  5. murph June 12, 2009 at 3:32 am
    the “Captcha” phrase for for my last post was “21.3 million”

    So I Googled it:

    “In 1980 the team was purchased for $21.3 million by Fred Wilpon”

    good one, Joe!

  6. isuzudude June 12, 2009 at 9:24 am
    Well, it seems like the Mets are headed in the right direction, even if they’re still not entirely on course. Because, whereas with Delgado, Reyes, Perez, etc, the Mets downplayed the injuries, let the players play through the injuries, and let the players linger incapacitated on the roster, at least now they’re not giving Maine the chance to do further damage and they’re opening up a roster spot now instead of a week from now. Although they are still downplaying the injury, I don’t really expect anything different since, if they don’t know the full extent of what’s bothering Maine, it’s better to exude patience and calmness rather than panic and pessimism.

    For the sake of Maine, I’m glad he’s on the DL, even if the move is strictly precautionary and the only pain he’s feeling now is due to fatigue and the rupture of scar tissue. Because, if the worst case scenario is a torn labrum, it’s better to nip that problem in the bud now rather than after Maine battles through it (a la Pedro Martinez) for another handful of starts.

    I agree it appears Figgy is the most logical choice to get the spot start, though I think mic is on to something by mentioning Niese. Not because of trying to increase Niese’s trade value, because you don’t start a guy against the Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium to get that accomplished. It would be because of Niese’s left-handedness, which creates a better matchup against the lefty heavy Yankees, and because of the short porch in right in which RHPs learn to hate after lefty hitters continually deposit 300 foot flyballs into the stands there. Niese is also on schedule to pitch on Saturday (on 5 days rest), so if he’s held out of tonight’s start I think that’s a pretty strong indication that he’ll be getting the nod tomorrow.

    Mic also summed it up best: “Overall thse last 2 games were very scrappy affairs and we got out scrapped.” Sounds like a similar story dating back to 2007, afraid to say.

  7. joejanish June 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm
    I doubt Niese will get a callup, but it’s not impossible. Figgy won’t feel the pressure of Mets-Yanks as much as the kid might. And then there is the Fernando Nieve theory suggested by Upson …
  8. micalpalyn June 12, 2009 at 11:07 pm
    Mets have announced that Nieve will start….further fuelling my belief that Nieve starts and Switzer will be demoted/DFA’d.
  9. joejanish June 13, 2009 at 12:12 am
    Mic, you meant NieVe and not NieSe ?

    At this point I don’t think your belief needs any fueling, as it’s been announced. If they demote Switzer who comes up?

  10. micalpalyn June 13, 2009 at 11:17 am
    john niese
  11. micalpalyn June 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    June 12th:Buffalo 1, Durham 0

    Jon Niese had an outstanding outing today, easily his best AAA outing ever, he pitched into the 8th, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 7 for his first win of the season. Over his last two outings, he’s allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits with 11 strikeouts over 13.1 innings.