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Reds sign LHP Scott Maine to minor league deal

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MLB Insider Chris Cotillo reports the Reds have signed LHP Scott Maine to a minor league deal.

Cotillo says Maine will report to Double-A Pensacola.

Maine, who was pitching with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League, spent parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Indians, Blue Jays and Marlins. He compiled a 2-3 record with a 5.59 ERA in 50 games.

Jay Bruce hit the third of his only three-home-run game off Maine on August 27,2010.


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Scott Maine signs with Bridgeport

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Bridgeport, CT - The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the signing of pitcher Scott Maine. Maine enters his eighth season in professional baseball and his first in the Atlantic League.

“We’re excited about the addition of Scott to our pitching staff,” says Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw. “He’s a proven veteran that will be an asset to our bullpen and in the late innings.”

Last year, the Florida native pitched for two Miami Marlins affiliates splitting time with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs and the Rookie League Gulf Coast Marlins. The former Major Leaguer appeared in a combined 21 games out of the bullpen with a 4.19 ERA, three saves and 26 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

The 29-year-old has played three years in The Show, pitching for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians from 2010-2012. In 50 Major League games, the southpaw has a 2-3 record with a 5.59 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.

He began his professional career in 2007 with the Yakima Bears of the short-season Class A Northwest League after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the MLB Amateur Draft. In 222 Minor League outings, the reliever has a 19-15 record with a 3.33 ERA, 43 saves and 323 strikeouts in 284.2 innings.

Maine attended the University of Miami and played in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2006 for the Brewster Whitecaps.


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Scott Maine staying in organization

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gorkys Hernandez will be remaining in the organization after all. So will Zack Cox and Scott Maine.

After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Hernandez and Maine were outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans, with Cox outrighted to Double-A Jacksonville.

But Miami did lose the services of right-handed reliever Evan Reed, who was claimed by the Tigers.

The Marlins designated all four for assignment on Sunday to free up space on the 40-man roster.

Hernandez, a terrific defensive outfielder, will play center field at New Orleans. The native of Venezuela was acquired last July for Gaby Sanchez.
Maine is a left-handed reliever, and Cox will mix in at third base in Jacksonville.


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Marlins cut Scott Maine

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Marlins optioned LHP Scott Maine to Triple-A New Orleans and RHP Arquimedes Caminero and 3B Zack Cox to Double-A Jacksonville.
They also reassigned RHP Michael Brady, LHPs Adam Conley, Brian Flynn and Raudel Lazo, INFs Danny Black and Derek Dietrich and OF Kevin Mattison to minor league camp. Maine and Mattison probably had the best shots at earning an Opening Day roster spot, but none of the cuts are a surprise.


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Scott Maine moves past car wreck to keep dreams alive

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Scott Maine opened his eyes on Aug. 17, 2005, fought through his hazy double vision to glance at his mother, and offered the first thing that came to his shell-shocked mind.

"It feels like I got shot in the head," Maine, now a reliever for the Miami Marlins, told his mom, Patricia.

Maine has graced the earth for more than 27 years, but he's fortunate to have seen his 21st birthday.

At 1 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2005, a prototypically sweltering summer afternoon in South Florida, Maine was cruising on the Florida Turnpike back to Miami from a dentist appointment in Jupiter, Fla., when he lost control of his 2003 Dodge Dakota RT.

That's all he remembers.

Maine can't recall his vehicle swiping another car, racing down a hill and smashing into a cluster of trees. He has no recollection of his head meeting his windshield. Maine can't summon any memories of his stout black truck morphing into a useless heap of metal in the matter of an instant.

"It's probably a good thing I don't remember," Maine said.

Maine certainly doesn't recall the restoration project executed by his doctors, who performed surgery and induced a coma to relieve the swelling in his brain, injected titanium rivets to piece together his fractured skull and basically recreated the upper half of his head.

Maine spent more than three weeks in a hospital bed, and for nearly nine days, he fluctuated in and out of consciousness.

"I didn't think he was ever going to be out of that hospital room," said Indians closer Chris Perez, Maine's former teammate in Cleveland and roommate at the University of Miami.

The accident occurred during the offseason, so Maine's collegiate cohorts were spread throughout the country. Perez first received the alert from his mother. A handful of Maine's fellow Hurricanes wasted little time in reuniting at North Broward Medical Center to visit their traumatized teammate.

"I didn't really think it was that serious until I got there and saw, 'Wow, this is pretty [messed] up,'" Perez said. "He was out of it, wasn't able to talk very loudly or in long sentences or anything. He had bandages on his head. You couldn't see his scars."

Maine doesn't remember his teammates visiting him, and therefore he has no recollection of promising them that he would be ready to pitch at the start of the season, five months later.

"It drove me to get healthy and get back on the field," Maine said. "Baseball is what I live for. This is why I'm here. I wanted to show people that I could still do it and overcome things."

Maine used to sport long hair that sprouted out the sides of his baseball cap. The look accommodated his persona on the mound: a hard-throwing, sometimes-erratic southpaw who imposed his will on the rubber with a deceptive arm angle. Now, he dons a shaved head, boring a scar that spans the width of his skull. Maine tells people he has a hard head or that he suffered a shark bite. When speaking about his near-fatal car accident, he boasts a nonchalance that greatly understates the severity of the entire episode.

"It is what it is," Maine said. "I have a big scar on my head for a reason. I can't hide it."

And so, he embraces the opportunity to teach.

At the time of the crash, Maine's seatbelt wasn't strapped over his shoulder, in position to protect his body. Who knows how much trauma he could have saved himself had he buckled up.

Since the accident, Maine has returned every so often to his old stomping grounds in South Florida and preached about the importance of driving safety and maximizing every opportunity in life, a pair of lessons he learned the hard way.

"They look at it like, 'It's a car accident. You're still alive. That's crazy, man. Wow,'" Maine said. "I just try to tell them to wear their seatbelt, because I wasn't wearing my seatbelt, and [I tell them] how important that is. [I talk about] how fast things can change to being on top of the world to be fighting for your life."
It's uncanny how things tend to come full circle in life.

Maine has bounced around four Major League organizations in the past few months. The Indians claimed his off waivers from the Cubs in late August. The Blue Jays poached him from Cleveland at the end of October. The Marlins added him two weeks later.

Now, he's home. Maine lives just five minutes from the Marlins' Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Many people are fortunate to receive second chances. Maine underwent Tommy John surgery in 2004. He took a redshirt his first year at Miami while he recovered from the procedure. A year later, working his elbow back toward full strength, Maine pitched only nine innings.

Then, the near-fatal wreck.

So now Maine is on his third chance, and despite occupying the uncertain role of a journeyman reliever, he has at least realized his dream of pitching in the Majors. And, as fate would have it, he'll have a chance to do so right back where it started, and nearly ended.

"It goes along with the saying, 'Throw every pitch like it's your last,'" Maine said. "That made it more of a reality. It's not just a saying; it actually occurred in my life. It helped me in that aspect to where, when I go on the field, I don't do anything half. I go 100 percent.

"You never know when you'll not be able to play the game of baseball."


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Marlins claim Scott Maine off waivers

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The Marlins claimed left-handed relief pitcher Scott Maine off waivers.

For Maine, it’s sort of a homecoming. He’s a native of Palm Beach Gardens and a graduate of Dwyer High School.

Maine was nearly killed in an accident on Florida’s Turnpike in 2005. But he came back and made his debut for the Chicago Cubs in 2010.

Maine, 27, posted a 1-2 record with a 10.50 ERA in nine appearances for the Cleveland Indians in 2012.

He will compete for a bullpen spot with the Marlins this spring.


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Scott Maine Sent Down

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The Toronto Blue Jays designated P Scott Maine for assignment Thursday, Nov. 8.





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Blue Jays claim lefty Maine from Indians

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays continued their busy month of October on the waiver wire by claiming left-hander Scott Maine from Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon.

Maine appeared in 30 games for the Cubs and Indians last season, while posting a 6.07 ERA. The 27-year-old also pitched in 30 games at the Triple-A level, and went 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA.

The Blue Jays have now made six claims this month, with the main goal of acquiring some players through waivers in order to build depth at the Minor League level.

Toronto also announced on Wednesday that Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison, Dustin McGowan, Sergio Santos, J.A. Happ and Luis Perez were all activated from the 60-day disabled list. Santos and Happ are the only pitchers from that group that are expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Scott Cousins and right-hander David Herndon were designated for assignment by the club. Toronto currently doesn't have any openings on its 40-man roster, but that is expected to change in the near future.

Cousins was claimed off waivers from the Marlins earlier this month, and has batted .183 with nine RBIs in 175 career at-bats at the big league level. If no team puts in a claim, the Blue Jays would be able to outright Cousins to Triple-A Buffalo.

Herndon was also claimed earlier this month, after allowing four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings in Philadelphia last season. The 27-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery and is not expected to be available until at least June.

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Scott Maine Takes The Loss

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LHP Scott Maine pitched two-thirds of an inning and took the loss Tuesday as the Indians fell 6-5 to Minnesota. Maine was the club-record 10th pitcher used by Cleveland in the game. That's one shy of the major league record for an extra-inning game.




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Scott Maine Gets First, Chris Perez Records 36th Save

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Ezequiel Carrera and Jason Kipnis both homered in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Texas Rangers, 5-4, and salvage the finale of a three-game set on Thursday.

Matt LaPorta also hit a home run, as Cleveland snapped a five-game slide.

"We don't really have much to lose," said Kipnis. "We're not gonna just waste at-bats and put our tail between our legs and just accept the loss. Why not just go out there and see what we can get and see what kind of rally we can put together?"

Joe Smith allowed two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth before Scott Maine (1-0) entered and left the bases loaded to earn the win.

Chris Perez worked around a two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth to secure his 36th save of the season.

Joe Nathan (2-4) allowed the homers by Carrera and Kipnis to snap a single- season and club record streak of 31 straight converted saves.

"It was more location today ... falling behind in the count and throwing balls in the middle of the plate," said Nathan. "You can't do that."

Michael Young had three hits and two RBI in defeat for the Rangers, whose lead atop the AL West fell to three games over the Oakland Athletics.

The game entered the bottom of the eighth inning tied at 2-2 after the Indians failed to push a run across with the bases loaded in the top of the frame, and Texas used a couple of defensive gaffes by Cleveland to go on top.

Nathan started the inning and induced a grounder to short by Elvis Andrus that Brent Lillibridge fielded cleanly, but his throw to first skipped short and deflected off the arm of LaPorta and into the stands, allowing Andrus to move to second.

After Andrus advanced to third on a David Murphy fly ball to center field, Cruz hit a bouncer towards third that Hannahan could not field cleanly to bring home Andrus and move Adrian Beltre, who reached base on an intentional walk, to second.

Young's base hit to center field brought home Beltre for a 4-2 advantage.

Maine then came into the game and allowed a Mitch Moreland single to load the bases, but got Geovany Soto to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Nathan entered for the ninth and quickly allowed a leadoff home run to right field by Carrera to make it a one-run game.

Russ Canzler followed with a pinch-hit single before Kipnis belted the second pitch of his at-bat into the seats in right field for the game-deciding runs.

Perez retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth before Andrus lifted a triple off the wall in right field, but Murphy fanned on three pitches to leave him there.

Texas broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Beltre hit a one- out single and rounded the bases on Nelson Cruz's double to right field.

Young followed with a base hit to plate Beltre and give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

But the Indians answered with LaPorta's two-run blast to right-center field in the sixth inning to make it a 2-2 game.

Vinny Rottino hit a leadoff single prior to LaPorta's first homer of the season.


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Scott Maine successfully makes Indians debut

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians finally got a look at reliever Scott Maine on Saturday, as he made his first appearance with the club.

Maine's outing was a mixed bag. The left-hander entered in the fifth inning against the Twins, who had loaded the bases with one out. Maine issued an eight-pitch walk to Justin Morneau to bring in a run. But he did strike out Ryan Doumit and induce a groundout from Chris Parmelee to finish the inning with limited damage.

Obviously, Indians manager Manny Acta will need to see more than 2/3 of an inning to evaluate Maine further, but he liked what he saw on Saturday.

"He's got some deception with the angle where he throws the ball from," Acta said. "Pretty firm -- he was throwing the ball 93 miles per hour. Sharp slider. I could see how he could be pretty effective against left-handed hitters. It's only been one inning. He's going to get more chances for us to take a look at him."
Cleveland claimed Maine off outright waivers from the Cubs on Aug. 29. He pitched two scoreless innings in two appearances for Triple-A Columbus before being recalled on Sept. 4.

Maine recorded a 4.79 ERA in 20 2/3 innings for Chicago earlier this season. But with his self-described "funky" delivery, he specialized against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .130 average (3-for-23).

The 27-year-old said he has thrown the same way ever since he first picked up a baseball. Coaches tried to make him adjust when he was younger, but he never obliged.

"They tried to change me," Maine said. "You throw one way naturally, and that's the way I throw. Every other way is just uncomfortable. So I had to refine the way I throw and make it work."


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Scott Maine Recalled

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The Indians have announced they will recall four players from Columbus on Tuesday: left-handed pitchers David Huff and Scott Maine, infielder Cord Phelps and infielder/outfielder Vinny Rottino.

Maine was recently claimed off waivers from the Cubs and made two scoreless relief appearances for the Clippers. In 21 relief appearances over three different stints with the Cubs’ major league team this season he was 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA.


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Tribe claims reliever Scott Maine for Clippers

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The Cleveland Indians claimed left-handed relief pitcher Scott Maine off outright waivers today from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to the Clippers.

Maine, 27, pitched in 21 games for the Cubs this season while posting a 1-1 record with a 4.79 earned run average. In 28 games for triple-A Iowa, Maine was 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and five saves.  He puts the Cleveland Indians 40-man roster at 40.

He has a career Major League record of 19-15 with a 3.28 ERA in 199 games.

The Indians also announced today that they have Columbus left-hander Matt Packer will pitch for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League in October.


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Chicago Cubs Designate Scott Maine For Assignment

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The Chicago Cubs have designated relief pitcher Scott Maine for assignment on Monday, as the team announced. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Anthony Recker, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics earlier in the day.

Maine, 27, appeared in 41 games with the Cubs over the past three years. This season, he's split time between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa with mixed results. In the big leagues, he has a 4.79 ERA with big strikeout numbers in 20.2 innings, while he's got a 2.88 ERA and middling strikeout numbers in 34.1 minor league innings.

The Cubs originally acquired Maine in 2009 as part of the deal that sent Aaron Heilman to the Arizona Diamondbacks. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, the Cubs can either trade him, release him or option him to the minors.


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Cubs activate Castillo, option Scott Maine to Iowa

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CHICAGO – The Cubs made it official before Saturday’s game, activating Lendy Castillo from the disabled list and optioning left-hander Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa.Castillo has been out since May 11 with a left groin strain and just completed a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment.In seven outings earlier this season, the right-handed Castillo had a 7.40 ERA. Maine is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA over three separate stints with the Cubs this season.


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Scott Maine Recalled

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Cubs starter Ryan Dempster is going to the 15-day disabled list with right lat muscle tightness, the Cubs announced Monday.

Dempster has been pitching through the soreness, with 22 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts. It's his second DL stint of the season, after he missed two starts in April with a quad injury.

The Cubs are calling it a precautionary move and said the injury is not serious. Dempster is expected to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. This will at least delay the inevitable.

"Oh, then I should've pitched through it," Dempster cracked. "I'm not really worried about that. I'm more worried about trying to get healthy."

Dempster said he felt the muscle pull in a start against Milwaukee on June 5 and "it got harder and harder to get loose and maintain. I felt I was going south in the way I was feeling."

"I was little shocked because I didn't feel very good," he said. "I was able to get the outs."

Dempster joked he would have to "stay off the skates" while he recovers.  

Scott Maine has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Dempster's roster spot, and Randy Wells moves into the rotation, pitching Wednesday against the White Sox.


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Scott Maine Sent Back Down To Iowa

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa and optioned left-handed pitcher Scott Maine to Triple-A.

Parker, who joins the first major league roster of his professional career, will wear uniform number 55 and be available for the Cubs tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Maine is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA (4 ER/5.2 IP) in six major league relief appearances this season and is 2-1 with two saves and a 5.25 ERA (7 ER/12.0 IP) in 10 relief outings with Triple-A Iowa.


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Scott Maine Recalled By Cubs

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The Cubs got what amounted to another arm in their bullpen when little-used Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo (groin) went on the disabled list Wednesday.

But the bullpen gave up seven runs in the last two innings of a 9-2 loss to Philadelphia.

‘‘We had all the matchups, whatever kind of matchup you want,’’ manager Dale Sveum said. ‘‘But [ Scott ] Maine just couldn’t throw a strike.’’

Maine, the left-hander called up from Class AAA Iowa, gave up a double, hit a guy and walked another without getting an out in the ninth. He was replaced by Michael Bowden, who immediately gave up a two-run single and later in the inning a grand slam to Hector Luna .Early bullpen MVP
Shawn Camp already had given up the go-ahead homer in the eighth.

The pen has a 5-11 record and ranks 13th in the National League with a 4.76 ERA. Bright side? They didn’t add to their eight blown saves — one shy of the league lead.

‘‘They’re trying [hard],’’ starter

Matt Garza said. ‘‘They’re young. We knew we were going to take some lumps. … But there’s no easier way to pop up than after somebody kicks you in the teeth. You get [ticked] off, and you get back up, and you make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s the kind of guys we’ve got.’’


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Scott Maine sent to Iowa as Wood, Dempster activated

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CINCINNATI -- The Chicago Cubs activated Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the disabled list Thursday and optioned Randy Wells and Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa.

Dempster starts against the Reds on his birthday, facing another birthday boy in Homer Bailey. 

Manager Dale Sveum said he would use Wood "in less stressful situations, a sixth or seventh inning type of thing" for the time being.

Maine had a 1.59 earned-run average in five appearances, but was the victim of a numbers game. The Cubs must keep Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo, who hasn't pitched since April 20, and newly acquired Michael Bowden is out of options.

"Those are the unfortunate things in this game that happen, because he did a really good job while he was here," Sveum said of Maine. "It's very nice to have those two lefties in the bullpen."

Wells gave up nine hits and nine walks in two starts covering 8 2/3 innings. Asked if Wells had a future with the Cubs, Sveum replied: "He's got a future. We can't sit here and promise anything. Right now that's the role he (has) -- the swingman coming up when we need starts."

Sveum said there was nowhere in the bullpen to put Wells, and they aren't in need of a long man.

"There's just no options, no spots to do that," he said. "We're pretty fortunate to have everybody in the bullpen, besides Wood, be able to throw two innings."

Wells seemed to know his demotion was coming after a poor start in Philadelphia last weekend.

"I'm not happy," he said. "I didn't pitch well. There's no one really to blame but yourself. It still sucks. You obviously want to pitch well and put you in position, but the numbers just don't stack up. it is what it is."

Wells said he didn't know if he was going to start in Iowa, though Sveum said that's obviously what will happen. Asked if he felt like he fit in with the Cubs, Wells said: "I don't know. We'll see. I don't think it's that at all. I just think there's no room."


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Cubs Recall Scott Maine

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Shoulder fatigue has caused Chicago Cubs setup man Kerry Wood to hit their 15-day disabled list.  To replace Wood on their roster, the Cubs recalled left-handed reliever Scott Maine.

Wood, who hasn’t pitched since April 13, recently received a cortisone shot in his shoulder to help ease the discomfort.  While Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that Wood felt better following the injection, Chicago ultimately decided to play it safe with the veteran right-hander.

Wood didn’t seem to be right as he started the season off allowing three hits, three walks and three earned runs over his first four appearances spanning only 2 1/3 innings.  Chicago is hoping a short period of rest does Wood well, as the veteran is eligible to come off the Cubs DL as soon as April 28.

Entering 2012, Maine had spent parts of two seasons with the Cubs.  Most of Maine’s work has come at the minor league level where the left-hander maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.29 and 1.339 with 10.4 SO/9 and 4.1 BB/9 over his six seasons.


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Cubs cut ties with southpaw Miller, Scott Maine Should Make Roster

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MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs on Monday released left-hander Trever Miller, who had a 5.40 ERA in eight Cactus League games.

Miller, 38, had signed as a free agent in January. He has pitched for eight different teams, including the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Red Sox last year. This spring, he gave up five earned runs on seven hits over 8 1/3 innings, and all of those runs came in one outing, March 17, against the Rangers.

With the move, Scott Maine and James Russell are the only left-handed relievers still in camp. The Cubs' spring roster is at 40.


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Scott Maine working on new ways to retire lefties

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One matter still to be resolved in the final two weeks of spring camp is finalizing the Cubs' bullpen. Scott Maine is eager to see what happens.

Maine is one of three left-handed relievers in camp along with James Russell and Trever Miller. So far, it's been a good spring for Maine.

"Numbers-wise, yes," Maine said. "If you look beyond the numbers, no, but it's Spring Training. I'm not going to come in here and hit my spots. It takes some time for me to do that. As far as throwing strikes and getting outs early in the counts, I'm doing that well. I just need to get my feel for my offspeed stuff better and I'll be fine."

Is the problem Arizona? A lot of pitchers say the dry air makes it tough for them to get breaking pitches to break.

"I don't make excuses," Maine said. "I've played all over the country. I can throw my same curve that I throw in Florida. You have to concentrate more on what you're doing. You really have to get on top of the curve here for it to work. If you're somewhere else, you can be on the side of it, and it'll still curve."

Cubs manager Dale Sveum has said he wants a left-hander who can get right-handers out. So far, Maine has done that. In six Cactus League games, he's held right-handed hitters to a .182 average while lefties are batting .429. But that's not really enough of a sample size. Maine has faced seven or eight lefties.

"They say lefties would have trouble against me, but they focus on that first- or second-pitch fastball and let it rip," Maine said. "I've just got to figure out a different game plan for a lefty. A righty, I have three pitches to work with and with a lefty, I only have two. And if I can't throw my curve over the plate, what do you think they look for? In the Dominican this year, I didn't give up a hit to a lefty."

Maine appeared in seven games for the Cubs last season, and held lefties to one hit in eight at-bats, while right-handers were 10-for-24. He spent most of the year at Triple-A Iowa, and there, held right-handers to a .197 average (23-for-117) and lefties to .214 (15-for-70).

He'll throw a fastball, slider and change to right-handers and just his fastball and slider to left-handers.

"When I throw the change to lefties, it gets hit pretty hard," he said.


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Could Scott Maine Beat Out Veteran Trever Miller For Roster Spot

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Chicago Cub Scott Maine also had a much needed 1-2-3 inning to lower his spring ERA to 1.59.  He has been out pitching veteran Trever Miller of late.




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Scott Maine Challenging for Second Lefty Spot

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Scott Maine gave up his first run of the spring.  He walked a batter but did not give up a hit.  He's the last challenger to Trever Miller for the second lefty spot, and he does have the advantage of holding a roster spot, but he won't make the team if he walks hitters.



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Scott Maine Signs Contract With Cubs

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MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs have agreed to 2012 contract terms with all 24 players on their 40-man roster with zero to three years of Major League service, including Jeff Samardzija, who signed for $2.64 million, and Starlin Castro, who will receive $567,000.

James Russell signed for $512,000, Travis Wood will receive $505,000 and Darwin Barney $500,000.

None of the other players signed for more than $500,000. Other players to agree to 2012 contract terms include right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera, Lendy Castillo, Casey Coleman, Rafael Dolis, Marcos Mateo and Casey Weathers; and left-handers Jeff Beliveau, John Gaub and Scott Maine.

Also agreeing to terms were catchers Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger; infielders Adrian Cardenas, Bryan LaHair, Junior Lake, Anthony Rizzo and Josh Vitters; and outfielders Tony Campana, Dave Sappelt and Matt Szczur.


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Scott Maine Fighting For the Set-up Spot for the Cubs

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Scott Maine and John Gaub would appear to be contenders as well but have longer odds for the role, but the Cubs will take a long look all spring at 38-year-old veteran Trever Miller, who pitched last season with St. Louis, Toronto and Boston.

Miller was traded in July by the Cardinals to Toronto. The Blue Jays released him before the Red Sox picked him up. Miller said he would have made the Red Sox' postseason roster, but Boston collapsed down the stretch. However, he will get a World Series ring from the world-champion Cardinals.

“I was pulling for those guys, especially when I'm sitting at home,” Miller said. “Three years with a team is a long time, especially in my role. I usually don't get to stick around that long. I loved all those guys there.”


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