To add insult to injury, the Mets have placed John Maine on the DL due to shoulder fatigue, this according to Adam Rubin of the Daily News.
Omar Minaya reported Maine received an MRI and it did not show any structural damage. That is always good news. We’ve been here with Maine before. We just have to ride this out.
There is no definitive word as to who will replace him on Saturday against the Yankees. There is talk it could be Fernando Nieve.
I would like to see Nelson Figueroa in there. There really is nobody else in the minors to bring up. You cannot bring up Jonathan Niese to pitch against the Yanks.
Give Maine two to three starts to rest. Figueroa can handle it. Then designate Ken Takahashi for assignment and put Figueroa in the bullpen.