NEW YORK -- Lacking a roster spot for injured starter John Maine, the Mets may no longer need one.
Maine did not emerge from Friday's rehab start fully healthy, according to manager Jerry Manuel, prompting the team to plan a medical reevaluation of Maine on Monday.
"John Maine didn't feel particularly well after the last start," Manuel said. "So what we're doing with him is somewhat of a reevaluation, a day-to-day type of thing. He's not very comfortable with how he's pitching right now. We're going to have to reevaluate the situation."
Throughout a lengthy public discussion of Maine on Saturday, Manuel mentioned nothing about continued concerns regarding his health. Without offering specifics into Maine's condition, he instead addressed the organization's concern for the first time on Sunday morning.
"He just didn't feel right," Manuel said.
Throwing his fastball in the high 80s, Maine needed 88 pitches to complete 4 1/3 innings in his second rehab start, Friday at Triple-A Buffalo. In a postgame interview with the Buffalo News, Maine mentioned no issues regarding his health. He has been on the disabled list since May 21 with right rotator cuff tendinitis.
Maine did not answer a telephone call placed Sunday morning.
Saturday, Manuel said that he would not replace Hisanori Takahashi with Maine in the rotation, and that he did not consider Maine a candidate for the bullpen. The organization, Manuel said, planned to discuss the issue before determining a plan.
Facing a similar situation with Oliver Perez earlier this month, the Mets placed Perez on the disabled list with right knee tendinitis on the morning they needed to make a roster decision. Perez, Manuel said at the time, began complaining of right knee pain the night before.
Even more than Perez, Maine now faces a dim future within the Mets' organization -- especially considering that the rotation has thrived without him.
"You could always use good players," Manuel said. "In the course of 162 games, if they're not here and you're winning, that tells you that you have good depth. And that's important."