John Maine left Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves with two out in the fourth inning after a visit to the mound by trainer Ray Ramirez and manager Jerry Manuel. The team announced Maine had muscle spasms and pain in his left, non-throwing elbow.
Maine allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 63 pitches (36 strikes).
The right-hander has done extensive work between starts trying to rediscover his 2007 velocity. He threw two bullpen sessions since pitching Sunday in St. Louis. Between that start and the preceding outing in Colorado, Maine threw three bullpen sessions in four days.
Maine touched 90 mph on his final pitch of the first inning, but otherwise settled in the upper 80s.
Hisanori Takahashi replaced him.
Maine won 15 games in '07, but his velocity sagged the following season with shoulder woes. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 30, 2008, to remove a bony growth from his right shoulder socket. Maine still experienced weakness last season, though, which was attributed to scar tissue from the surgery irritating a nerve.