Maine leaves Sky Sox after another rough start

June 22, 2011 | 4:19 pm | 4  

Frustrated at his repeated lack of performance, veteran pitcher John Maine left Triple-A Colorado Springs after a poor start Monday. He will decide whether to retire or continue trying to come back from shoulder surgery last year.

Maine gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings Monday against Tucson and threw a staggering 95 pitches, just 52 strikes, in his 11th start for the Sky Sox, a 9-6 loss. Maine is 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA and has 37 walks and 35 strikeouts in 46 innings.

After Monday’s game, Maine, 30, spoke with Sky Sox pitching coach Doug Linton. Maine would like to continue playing, but with the lack of results, felt he needed to get away from the game. For how long, remains to be seen.

Maine underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery July 23 to have scar tissue cleaned out of his joint. Maine’s shoulder problems began when a bone spur developed in 2008. The Rockies signed Maine to a minor league contract in the offseason and brought him to big league spring training. The hope was Maine could build arm strength at Colorado Springs early in the season and give the Rockies pitching depth.

His contract stipulated he could leave the Colorado Rockies organization June 1 if he had an offer to pitch in the majors. That clause became moot as Maine was sidelined after a May 3 start until May 29 and continued to struggle.



  • Wayne | June 22, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    I was really hoping he could help us this year. Hope he goes out on his own terms. best of luck with whatever the decision is.

  • Curt in Florida | June 23, 2011 | 6:45 am

    A day after this week’s awful outing I posted that I thought Maine, an intense competitor with a record of high-level MLB success, was likely having recurring shoulder problems that robbed him of velocity and control. Now it appears I may have been right. It’s unfortunate because the Rox or another team could have used him as either a spot starter or, if very healthy, a bottom of the rotation guy. Maine’s recent problems just show again the tenuousness of pitching in the bigs. One day you’re a 15-game winner, the next stuck in AAA and having poor results. It is a tough game indeed.

  • SteveinAurora | June 23, 2011 | 7:57 pm

    I was holding out hope that Maine would come back strong and help the Rox out down the stretch. Some come back from surgery quickly, some take a little longer and others realize that it’s never going to be the same (or, it’s over). Perhaps a little time away helps to heal a number of things??

  • Dennis | June 24, 2011 | 10:45 pm

    How come they dont rest up the shoulder a bit and bring him back to try in the bullpen? He might be able to gain a few more years of his career.