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John Maine has been injury riddled for most of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but the Mets do need to make a decision on whether he fits into their plans for the starting rotation in 2010. After Johan Santana, the Mets starting rotation in 2009 was shaky at best, and even Santana was not healthy enough to finish the season as he required elbow surgery in August. The only starting pitcher who did manage to escape injury was Mike Pelfrey, but the absence of Maine for most of the season was extremelyáharmful and disruptive, but the injuries as a whole was the primary story for the Mets in 2009. Jerry Manuel did have his work cut out for himátrying to juggle the pitching rotation and figuring out how off days would affect the starters, especially considering that two of Maine's replacements, Fer ...

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