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Jon Niese cleared to resume throwing after follow-up exam on shoulder

Jul 8, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

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Jon Niese was diagnosed with a partial tear of his rotator cuff last month, but there’s a chance he could be back in the Mets’ rotation at some point during the second half of the season.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Niese was cleared to resume throwing after a had “a favorable follow-up exam” today with team doctors. There was some concern that surgery would be deemed necessary, so this is the best-case scenario under the circumstances. The 26-year-old left-hander will need some time to build his workload and will likely require multiple rehab starts, so he’s likely looking at a return in August if all goes well.

Niese has a 4.32 ERA and 49/33 K/BB ratio in 77 innings over 14 starts this season. The Mets signed him to a five-year, $25.5 million extension last April.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    They should still shut him down for the year.

    This was the second time that Niese has had should issues this year. There’s no need to trot him out there; the Mets aren’t gonna make a miraculous run for the postseason.

    Going into 2014, the Mets rotation will be Niese, Harvey, Wheeler, Gee and then either Rafael Montero or Hefner who has been pitching great. Factor in that Noah Syndergaard has been killing it since his promotion to AA, figure he’ll be ready by late 2014.

  2. yahmule - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Trade one for a major league caliber outfielder.

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