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Maine's tendinitis confirmed, will get new rehab plan

John Maine delivers a pitch for the Mets.

John Maine delivers a pitch for the Mets. Credit: David Pokress

John Maine got a second opinion on his pitching shoulder and it was the same as the first one: tendinitis. So Maine, who was shut down last week after experiencing discomfort in the surgically repaired shoulder, will now sit down with general manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel to discuss what will happen next.

"We're supposed to get together and have a plan of attack for him going forward," Manuel said. "[It's] a matter of restructuring his workload."

Maine labored through 88 pitches in 41/3 innings for Triple-A Buffalo last Friday and came away with similar discomfort to what he'd been experiencing for much of this season.

Niese feels better

Jon Niese said he came through Tuesday's odd outing feeling pretty well - better than usual, in fact.

"I've been feeling real sore after starts this year, but I feel better than what I have," Niese said. "Maybe it's because I'm getting over the flu, but I feel great today."

Niese never before had such a delay between pitches - 92 minutes between his third and fourth innings, thanks to a 58-minute rain delay and an eight-run Mets third.

He said his pitches after the delay were flat, and he only lasted another 12/3 innings, allowing five runs.

"At the end of the day, I was going back out there no matter what," Niese said. "I wanted to be out there but it didn't work out. I'll learn from it."

Extra bases

Jennry Mejia went 21/3 innings for the Binghamton Mets in his first minor-league start last night. He allowed two hits and one run, walked two and struck out three against New Britain . . . The Mets signed 37-year-old righthander Ramon Ortiz to a minor-league contract. Ortiz went 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in 16 games with the Dodgers. He was released June 3.

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