Remember back in 2010 when Mets’ pitching coach Dan Warthen called John Maine “a habitual liar” with respect to his health? It’s been three years, but Maine responded to him yesterday. From Jorge Arangure of the New York Times:
“I was upset at that because I didn’t lie to anybody … My shoulder was being held together with duct tape at the time. They knew everything that was going on. They all knew.”
Which, OK, but at the time Maine said his arm was fine – he was quoted as saying “I don’t need to go to a doctor” — and now he’s saying that it was “held together with duct tape.” So, that kind of makes Warthen’s point, does it not?
Oh well. If you’re a Maine fan, Arangure’s story provides a nice catchup on where he is and where he’s been.
The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.
Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.
While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.