07/24/10 11:09 PM ET
Maine has surgery, prepares for 2011
By Glenn Rabney / Special to MLB.com
Manager Jerry Manuel expressed his feelings that Maine finally had a diagnosis and treatment that can help him continue his career, saying, "I'm happy that I'm sure he's satisfied."
Maine last pitched on May 20 in Washington, when Manuel removed him after he walked the first batter on five pitches.
"He just didn't look right," said Manuel, reflecting on that decision.
While many speculated that there was a problem between Maine and Manuel regarding his pitching, the skipper said it was never about that.
"I was getting on John Maine for hurting John Maine," Manuel said. "When I confronted him, it was about him hurting John Maine."
Maine made nine starts for the Mets this season, compiling a 1-3 record and a 6.13 ERA in just under 40 innings.
When the Mets first placed Maine on the DL, the righty insisted that doctors had told him that he had shoulder tendinitis and that he could pitch with the ailment.
"John Maine wanted the ball regardless of how he felt," said Manuel, adding that he was more concerned with his health than with his desire.
"Even in Florida a few years ago, when I confronted him," Manuel revealed, "he said he wanted to pitch, and I said, 'No, you don't look right, and I'm not going to let you do that.'"
Maine tried to make a comeback, throwing two Minor League rehab starts, but said that he did not feel right after the second start on June 18.
Now with the surgery behind him, Maine can start preparing for the 2011 season.
Manuel reiterated his pleasure in hearing that Maine finally received the treatment he needed.
"He was always tough on John Maine," Manuel said. "That was my argument, why are you so tough on John Maine? I like John Maine."
Barajas day to day with oblique strain
LOS ANGELES -- Mets catcher Rod Barajas left Saturday afternoon's 3-2 loss in 13 innings at Dodger Stadium in the sixth with what is being called a strained right oblique.
"I felt a little discomfort on my second at-bat, but I wanted to stay in the game," Barajas said.
In the sixth, Barajas singled to drive in Ike Davis with the Mets' first run of the game and pulled up in between first and second.
"I didn't feel it swinging on deck, but on my swing, I felt it," Barajas said.
One batter later, Barajas ran to second on Jeff Francoeur's fielder's choice, which is when manager Jerry Manuel and trainer Ray Ramirez went out to check on him and decided to take him out of the game.
"This is the first time I've ever had an oblique injury," Barajas said, adding that, "I consider myself a quick healer, so I'll see where we are on Tuesday."
For the moment, Barajas is considered day to day, and he is hopeful that it's nothing more than that.
"I'm feeling a lot better," he said. "Standing here, I'm not feeling a sharp pain or any discomfort. Turning side to side, I can feel it."
As for his prognosis, only time will tell.
"I can't go upon past injuries because I've never had this before," Barajas said.
Ike has big fan in Torre
LOS ANGELES -- After watching Mets rookie Ike Davis hit his 14th home run of the season on Friday night, Dodgers manager Joe Torre was asked what his impression was of Davis.
"I like him a lot," Torre said.
Elaborating on what it was about Davis that he liked, Torre referred to his makeup and patience.
"At the plate, he sort of looks like he has the temperament of John Olerud," Torre suggested, "where he's really in no rush to do anything."
By not being in a rush, Torre meant that he lets things happen at the plate rather than trying to make things happen.
"He lets the ball get deep. He has no problem letting the ball get deep into the box," Torre explained.
That patience was shown on that home run Friday.
"[Vicente] Padilla got burned last night with that slow pitch," Torre observed. "He just sat, just sat and didn't try to pull it. Lots of guys will try to pull it. He just served it out there."
As for Davis, now over 300 at-bats into his first Major League season, it's a learning experience.
As for the biggest difference he's noticed about the Majors, it's how the pitchers adjust.
"They will find your weakness and exploit it," he said.
As for what he has to do to counteract that, Davis feels it's a matter of being able to be able to adjust himself.
"It really depends on how good you're going, and what they're adjusting to," Davis explained. "If you get into a fastball phase or a changeup phase, they are going to change away from that."
As for what he expects of himself, Davis has high standards.
"I think I've got some power. I should hit at least 20 home runs a year," he said. "I just want to get the average up to where it should be."
Finally, as for any advice his dad, former Yankees pitcher Ron Davis, had for him, it was simple.
"He told me to have fun and enjoy myself," Davis said.
Have fun, like he did years ago when his dad took him to an Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium and introduced him to Torre.
Johan Santana has allowed no more than one run while pitching at least seven innings in his past five starts. That is the best single-season streak by a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985. The franchise record for a single season is Jerry Koosman, with six straight performances in '69.
Glenn Rabney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.