The Mets did the right thing when Jerry Manuel shut down John Maine down the stretch.
“They told me it was the biggest one they’d ever removed, the biggest one they’d ever seen,” Maine said of the bone spur removed from his right shoulder. “They couldn’t believe I could throw with that in there.”
Maine said it was the size of a softball.
Nobody knows had Maine tried to work out of the pen if the spur would have rubbed against and/or torn a muscle or ligament. Instead, he’s now anxious to get going. He said he feels great and wants to start throwing immediately, but won’t until December.
Quiet last night on the West Coast. I’ll keep posting the Moon thread and hopefully we can do a Pacific Chat Room.
My thoughts on some of the comments raised on the overnight:
-Castillo was never healthy all year, but the times he did play his attitude was suspect. A healthy and motivated Castillo? Well, it could happen. He played well in spurts in 2007. The Mets would like to deal Castillo, but if that doesn’t happen, I don’t see them cutting him and paying him his entire contract. The Mets don’t work that way.
-To me, Perez is one whom I would worry about being too complacent with a big contract. I have no basis to say that other than a gut feeling.
One more thing, if you haven’t already, scroll down a couple of threads to the one about your favorite uplifting song.
I mentioned this to Patrick, but if there’s enough interest, I’d be interested in doing a Mets Chat Room at midnight one night next week. If you’re game, I’ll be there. Please let me know your interest.
Derek Lowe lost it all at once tonight. We were giving him props over Oliver Perez when Chase Utley and Pat Burrell took him deep. Phillies lead, 1-0. No worries yet.
The playoffs, what the Mets should do, and anything else on your mind, the floor is yours.
Good morning all. Logged on this morning and saw a lot of responses from out West. A lot of good reading with my cereal. Let’s get to it:
-KEVIN: The lead domino is getting rid of Castillo. If that happens, Murphy can play second. The AFL was to get him ready. If they can’t deal Castillo, then I presume Murphy goes back in left. Omar Minaya did say they’d pick up Delgado’s option. I don’t think they’ll trade him, but don’t forget, the Mets did not have a viable back-up to Delgado. That could be Murphy this year.
-SCOTT: The rules: The FA filing period begins the day after the World Series and lasts for 15 days. This is the window in which FA can negotiate only with their teams. … On the 16th day, FA can negotiate with other teams. … Teams can talk trade at any time.
-PAUL: I’m not for trading Murphy, but I will give you this: His value is high right now.
-HARRY: Agreed. Make pitching their first, second and third priorities. … Murphy played real well in left considering it was new for him.-JD
For those of you on the West Coast, or can’t sleep, this thread is for you. Let’s have your thoughts on where you thought the season might have turned, the playoffs, the free-agents you fancy, or anything else on your mind.