John Maine was removed from today's game for "precautionary reasons" in the first inning after walking Nationals leadoff hitter Nyjer Morgan on five pitches. Roughly an hour later, the Mets announced that Jerry Manuel and Dan Warthen noticed that Maine's velocity was "down" during his pregame bullpen session and that continued when the game began.
Both Manuel and Warthen also believed that Maine was not using his "normal" delivery and he will be examined by a doctor tomorrow in New York.
Maine did not go easily. Trainer Ray Ramirez was the first to reach Maine on the mound and Manuel took his time getting out there. The manager also did not return to the dugout with Maine, and when the two got there, they had a heated discussion.