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07/30/09 11:30 PM ET

Maine's diagnosis echoed by Dr. Andrews

Weakness in right shoulder may not end starter's season

NEW YORK -- The second opinion John Maine had sought from noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday turned out to be a confirmation of the diagnosis provided by the Mets' doctors -- weakness in the right shoulder. Moreover, it turned out to be precisely what Maine had hoped. And now he expects to pitch again this season, even if he must wait until September.

Mike Pelfrey, Maine's close friend, spoke with the injured right-hander by telephone on Wednesday after Andrews had completed his examination.

"He was pumped," Pelfrey said. "They told him there's nothing structural. He'd been worried he could make it worse. But it's just weak. They told him he came back too fast [from the fall surgery on the shoulder]."

Maine, assigned to the disabled list since June 7, was examned by Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. He is to continue the treatment and rehab programs he has followed for weeks.

Pelfrey mentioned the pain is caused by what is thought to be a pinched nerve in the shoulder. Weeks ago, some people in the organization said Maine might never pitch again without pain. Pelfrey acknowledged that Maine has been talked to about pitching with pain tolerance. The pain he has experienced isn't a constant, Pelfrey said.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.