Maine might go in next start despite strained right rotator cuff

MIAMI -- New York Mets pitcher John Maine was diagnosed Tuesday with a mild strain in his right rotator cuff, and he may be able to make his next scheduled start Sunday at Houston.

Maine came out of Monday night's game at Florida after 4 1/3 innings because of pain in the back of his pitching shoulder, and returned to New York for an MRI exam Tuesday.

"I'm very happy with the prognosis," Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "That's as good a prognosis as you can have. The doc said he's good to go Sunday."

Warthen said Maine will throw on the side Wednesday, and the right-hander will rejoin the Mets when they arrive in Houston for a series that begins Friday.

Maine is 9-7 with a 4.13 ERA.