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Jon Niese leaves start with left shoulder discomfort

Jun 20, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

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UPDATE II: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Niese will travel to New York to be examined by team doctors tomorrow.

UPDATE: According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, the Mets announced that Niese exited with left shoulder discomfort.

8:44 PM: Jon Niese left tonight’s start against the Braves in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent injury. No word yet on the exact nature of the injury, but Niese winced after throwing a pitch and David Lennon of New York Newsday notes that he appeared to say “shoulder” when a team trainer came out to the mound. That’s just speculation for now, though.

It’s worth noting that Niese was skipped in the rotation late last month with left shoulder tendinitis. Coincidentally, Mets manager Terry Collins told Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal earlier today that it was no longer an issue.

Coming off a career-best 3.40 ERA last season, Niese has a 4.32 ERA and 49/33 K/BB ratio in 77 inning across 14 starts this season. The Mets were eventually going to have to bump somebody from the rotation to make room for Zack Wheeler, but an injury to Niese isn’t the ideal way to make that happen.

Niese, 26, signed a five-year, $29.5195 million extension with the Mets last April and is owed $5 million next season, $7 million in 2015, and $9 million in 2016. His contract also includes club options for 2017 and 2018.

  1. kappy32 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    He’s not very good at all & my fellow Mets fans think he’s a lot better than he really is. Since he cracked the starting rotation with this team, he has shown signs of serious tiring at the end of each season aside from 2012. He puts together a full 2012 & pitches terribly to start 2013 & now has a shoulder injury. To me that is the definition of a starting pitcher who is not durable. As a professional starting pitcher you are expected to make 32-35 starts per year & pitch 200-220 innings; Niese hasn’t done either without tiring or injury. Aside from being young, cheap & lefty, there is nothing very special about him. His stuff is average, with the exception of his plus-curveball, which is only plus when he can control it – almost never. He’s a solid 4th or 5th starter on a quality, contending team with a good rotation & the money he is making is too much for the back end of the rotation. It started with Angel Pagan, continued with Ike David, and now rolls on with Jon Niese – the Mets have failed miserably by not trading marginal players when their value is at it’s peak & have allowed them to be exposed. Niese could have been involved in a package that brought in a quality bat this past offseason, but the Mets got cold-feet AGAIN. With Harvey & Wheeler looking like real deals, the decision to hold onto Niese is looking worse each & every day.

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