DENVER - John Maine's road back to what he hopes is a redemption start Sunday in St. Louis began with yesterday's bullpen session at Coors Field. Under pitching coach Dan Warthen's supervision, Maine said he dumped his spring training mechanics and let it fly with his old delivery. He came away pleased with the results.
"I tried something different before, thinking maybe it would click," he said, "and it didn't click. I feel good now."
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Maine spoke quickly before hurrying for the team bus, but Warthen was a little more expansive about the session. "This is the highest I've been on John Maine in two years," he said. "He's a man on a mission, and I like that. Over the next two or three starts, you're going to see John Maine again. We all know he's better than what he's done."
Later, both said they were thinking about a double steal, but Reyes changed his mind, perhaps an indication that he's not fully comfortable yet.
"I tried to go, but is a little quick to the plate," Reyes said.
Said Castillo: "I have to look at Reyes on that play."
Francoeur: Keep Jose 1
Jerry Manuel backed off some on his plan to drop Reyes to the third spot in the lineup this weekend against the Cardinals. That's fine with Jeff Francoeur. "I don't want to see that," he said. "I want everybody to get hot and leave him where he's at. Who knows? It could work. But he's the most dynamic leadoff hitter in the game."