In the first game of his rehab assignment, John Maine tossed four scoreless innings for Double-A Binghamton at Trenton on Sunday. He allowed one hit, issued two walks and struck out five. Maine threw 63 pitches (36 strikes).
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Maine expects one more outing, with Triple-A Buffalo, on Friday, during which he expects to throw between 80 and 90 pitches.
"I should be activated after the Friday start," Maine said. "I hope to be."
As for his pitch speed, which reportedly was 87-88 mph, Maine said: "I don't really worry about velocity. It's just looking at swings, seeing how they react. It was OK, I guess. I got more comfortable out there. I was gassed already in the first inning because of the heat. I felt more comfortable each inning."
Maine said the walk, which occurred on four pitches to the first batter, was the result of a higher-than-normal mound.
"It's a really high mound," Maine said. "It took me five pitches to get used to it."