According to a recent interview by the New York Times, former Mets pitcher John Maine was very up front in regards to how the Mets training staff and pitching coach Dan Warthen had handled his last injury with the ball club. Maine says,
“My shoulder was being held together with duct tape at the time. They knew everything that was going on. They all knew. It was obvious. You don’t go from throwing 94 to 84 miles per hour. They knew my condition. I was 100 percent upfront about it; I didn’t lie about it. At the time it wasn’t so much pain, I just didn’t have anything”.
In response, Warthen called Maine “a habitual liar”. Without getting involved in the he said-he said drama that always emerges via media outlets, this does make fans wonder if it is merely an isolated incident. After all, how many times has a player had “shoulder fatigue” or a “sprained oblique” and those injuries turn into the player losing the entire season? Other teams have players that suffer these types of in