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Red Sox release Maine
John Maine’s pitching career is in doubt again after the Boston Red Sox recently released the North Stafford High School graduate.
Maine, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox in January but never pitched for any of the club’s affiliates. He was sent to extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., to rehabilitate his right shoulder, which required surgery in July 2010.
That’s the last time Maine pitched in the major leagues.
The New York Mets released him after that season, and he signed with the Colorado Rockies, but went 1–3 with a 7.49 ERA for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. He took a leave of absence for the rest of the 2011 season.
Maine has a career 41–36 record and a 4.20 ERA, mostly with the Mets. His best season was 2007, when he went 15–10 with a 3.99 ERA.
Maine was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 and traded to the Mets after the 2005 season.
Maine’s agent, Rex Gary, did not return a call seeking comment Monday.