Off the Record (OTR)

Maine has a "dead arm?"

Questions have come up after the Mets’ John Maine gave up seven runs in four innings on Saturday to the lowly Nationals. Manager Jerry Manuel thinks that he could be suffering from a dead arm possibly related to the shoulder surgery he underwent last September. Regardless of what it is, Maine doesn’t have much right now.

“I would hope that John Maine may be going through a period of dead arm or whatever,” Manuel said. “I just didn’t see the electric stuff we’ve been known to see. That’s a little concerning when that happens.”

Maine didn’t think much of his performance either.

“I had nothing,” he said. “It was awful. It was terrible.”

Maine was 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in six starts in May so it’s not like he’s forgotten how to pitch. Might be that he just needs some rest.

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