"'Protest' is the wrong word," Maine said. "I understand where they're coming from, but of course I want to pitch every five days. I didn't want this to happen."
Maine did not agree with the diagnosis of "right shoulder weakness" that landed him on the 15-day DL prior to Friday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees, classifying it more as an acute type of pain.
"But what pitcher doesn't have pain?" Maine said. "It's the nature of pitching. It wasn't going to stop me from going every five days."
Instead, the Mets will stop him. Maine will undergo further examination in New York on Monday, at which point the team will decide whether he can continue pitching or will require an extended period of rest.
Maine not only expects the examination to reveal nothing, but he figures he will be able to come off the disabled list as soon as he is eligible -- now 14 days and counting.
More patient in their assessment, the Mets will wait for the results of Monday's testing before they make a decision one way or the other.
The owner of a 1-3 record and a 6.13 ERA in nine starts this season, Maine has never been the same since having surgery to shave a bone spur in his right shoulder after the 2008 season. This pain, Maine said, is nothing like that which forced him to miss more than three months of last season with right shoulder issues.
But it is pain nonetheless. And that, for the Mets, is troubling.
"I guess they want to get to the bottom of what's going in there once and for all," Maine said. "I feel that I'm more than capable of going out there every five days. But it's not my decision."
-- Anthony DiComo