Red Sox release John Maine from minor-league deal


In what might be the end of the line for John Maine, the Red Sox released the oft-injured right-hander after signing him to a minor-league contract in January.

Maine never actually appeared in a minor-league game for the Red Sox, as more shoulder problems derailed his comeback attempt. He also had a 7.43 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A for the Rockies’ affiliate last season.

When healthy Maine was a solid mid-rotation starter, throwing 502 innings with a 4.01 ERA for the Mets from 2006-2009, but he’s topped 140 innings in a big-league season just once and might be finished at age 32.

Bob Uecker is basically indestructible

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Tom Haurdicourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a story about beloved Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker’s frighteningly eventful offseason that’s definitely worth a read.

The frightening part: Uecker got bit by a brown recluse spider last October. He didn’t realize it at first and happened to show the bite to a doctor a couple of days later. The doctor realized how serious it was — brown recluses can kill people — and Uecker was rushed off to surgery. He’s fine now, back in the Brewers booth and actually joking about the spider bite.

The incident, though, leads Haudricourt to chronicle all of Uecker’s health issues over the years and the list is fairly amazing. I mean, we’ve written about some of his more recent health issues on this site, but I was unaware of just how many potentially fatal ailments Uecker has dealt with and beat in the past 25-30 years or so. Not that he’s too fazed by it all:

“I know I’m lucky. I’ve had 11 major surgeries overall. But, through all of that stuff, I made some unbelievable friends. All those doctors at Froedtert [Hospital]. We’re all friends now. So, a lot of good came out of it.”

That’s quite the perspective.

Uecker is 84. Counting his playing career he’s entering his 63rd year in baseball. He’s still one of the best, if not the best, broadcasters going. Thank goodness he wasn’t stopped by a spider of all things. Here’s hoping he keeps going for many more years to come.