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Maine's rehab assignment may be over

The Bisons haven't scheduled a starter for Wednesday's game at Gwinnett but it probably won't be right-hander John Maine.

ESPN.com reported Sunday that Maine will be evaluated in New York early this week and is unlikely to continue with his rehab assignment in the minors, according to General Manager Omar Minaya.

"Most likely not," Minaya told the Web site about letting Maine make another minor league start. "First, let's evaluate him, and go from there."

Maine allowed a run, unearned, on one hit and three walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings for the Herd on Friday against Indianapolis. Minaya said Maine, who was placed on the disabled list May 21 with right shoulder tendinitis, would be given time to rest and/or heal.

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Jim Negrych enjoyed his time in Buffalo at the Herd's expense.

The St. Francis alum went 1 for 4 Sunday and scored a run and for the four-game series went 7 for 17 at the plate as the Indians took three games.

"To come here and win three games out of four against a team we've been battling with for a wild-card spot in this league is all you can ask for," Negrych said. "To come out and play well in front of your friends and family is one thing, but to come up and get three wins is good for our team."

Indians manager Frank Kremblas said Negrych looks comfortable at the Triple-A level. He added that he was told Negrych lacks a true position but he looked good playing second base.

"When we get back and have a little extra time we put in some extra work and try to get him shored up so he can feel really comfortable," Kremblas said. "He has some things to clean up with his fielding -- just his glove position when he gets ready to field a ground ball -- but we can fix those."

"It's only been one week since I've been up here and the main thing is to be consistent," Negrych said. "That's the hard part about this game, it's a long season and we've only played four games here. It seems like it's been a month but it's only been four games."

Negrych noted that the Indians don't have a day off until July 12 and the challenge for him is to play with consistency.

"You can't get too high and you can't get too low, you have to stay at an even keel," he said.

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Indianapolis catcher Luke Carlin left the game after suffering an ankle injury when he collided with the Bisons' Mike Jacobs in the first inning.

Mike Cervenak singled to left with two outs and Jacobs tried to score from second but the throw from Kevin Melillo beat him as Carlin braced for impact. Carlin held onto the ball and Jacobs was out.

Carlin tried to come out for the second but couldn't put any weight on the ankle and was replaced by Erik Kratz.

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The Bisons have lost 10 of their last 16 and now embark on an eight-game road trip to Gwinnett and Charlotte before returning home on June 29 for back-to-back games against Syracuse.

e-mail: rmckissic@buffnews.com

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