John Maine isn't too interested in the continuing dialogue with reporters about his sore left arm, so he kept it to a very few words Sunday night after completing his bullpen session.
"It's good, guys," Maine said as he moved briskly through the clubhouse before the start of the Mets' game against the Braves. "Good to go."
Maine left his last start Friday after 3 2/3 innings with cramps and soreness in his non-throwing arm, an injury that mystified everyone around the team. Last night's routine between-starts session was going to be the indicator as to whether Maine would make his scheduled start Wednesday.
Jerry Manuel anticipated that Maine would come through the session fine, and said the injury was not related to the extra bullpen work Maine did between his two previous starts.
Reyes rounding into form
All eyes have been on Jose Reyes' move to the No. 3 spot in the batting order, but it's his overall game that has Manuel especially happy to have his shortstop back.
Reyes made a diving catch of Brian McCann's soft liner in the eighth inning Saturday to preserve a two-run lead, and his speed helped create a run in the previous inning.
"With all the time he missed, you want a guy to get back in and get the rhythm and flow," Manuel said. "Now it's more of a mental process to maintain everything for the entire season. You didn't have to have that type of focus when you were out, you just needed to get back. Now you have to have that."
Jets' top pick swings by
Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson threw out the first pitch last night. He hoped to take batting practice, but that was eliminated because of the rain. Wilson, a Piscataway, N.J., product, played baseball in high school.
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