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Mets’ starter John Maine was forced to leave Friday night’s 5-2 win against the Braves in the fourth inning due to pain in his left elbow. According to the NY Daily News, he feels he’ll be able to make his next start and even claimed that despite the injury it’s the best he has felt in a long time.

Bottom line is that Maine simply isn’t producing and is rarely hitting 90 mph on the gun with his fastball — so it’s time for Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya to explore other options while the organization tries to figure out what is going on with his velocity… Rather than dipping into the pen (Fernando Nieve, Raul Valdes, or Hisanori Takahashi) for an answer, the organization needs to take a solid look at Bisons right-hander Dillon Gee.

Critics will say he doesn’t throw hard enough, but he has rebounded phenomenally from a shoulder injury that shut him down for the year last May. He’s 3-0 and has allowed just 2 runs with Buffalo in 18 innings… Dillon mixes his pitches extremely well and displays excellent control, similar to that of Rick Reed...

The organization would be best served to leave their bullpen as is currently constructed, including Jenrry Mejia, rather than tinkering with the current alignment and removing an effective lefty out of the pen in Takahashi... plus keep in mind you would be adding to a rotation that already has three southpaws... Gee last pitched on Thursday against Rochester, which lines up rather perfectly with a potential call up and start against the Dodgers on Wednesday evening inside Citi Field...

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