Maine leaves Sky Sox after another rough start
Frustrated at his repeated lack of performance, veteran pitcherleft 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.