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Mets send Jon Niese to New York for MRI on sore shoulder

Feb 26, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

Jon Niese Reuters

Uh oh.

Jon Niese, who had shoulder problems last season, has left Mets camp and traveled to New York to undergo an MRI exam on his sore shoulder.

Niese was limited to 24 starts last season, eventually being diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, but pitched well with a 3.71 ERA and was especially good down the stretch with a 3.00 ERA and 56/15 K/BB ratio in his final 10 outings.

Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan, and Daisuke Matsuzaka are the Mets’ rotation depth at this point and Niese beginning the season on the disabled list would likely mean two of them having Opening Day gigs.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Ervin is al ears over this news.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Darn typo: “all”

  2. chip56 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Because there’s not a single MRI tube in the state of Florida….

  3. karlkolchak - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    The Mets rotation “depth” wouldn’t keep a guppie alive.

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      It’s more like a friction layer without any water on top of it.

  4. xdj511 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    DOOM. Oh wait… wrong team.

    Has anybody kept pitching with a partially torn rotator cuff and not eventually end up tearing it completely?

    Niese was the only lefty starter for the Mets and I can’t even think of another lefty option in camp. Is Lannan a lefty? Any lefty in the conversation will have an inside track based on that fact alone.

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      No big deal. Just have one of the guys start throwing with his other hand. We’ve got a whole month and change to go before opening day.

      • kevinbnyc - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        You should volunteer to join the Marlins as a special assistant to the pitching coach. Get em young, they can learn anything then.

      • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        No kidding. At the ages that Scrooge McLoria has been bringing them up and throwing them into the breach, the Feesh prolly ought to rename their spring training facility Neverland.

  5. sdelmonte - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM


  6. cackalackyank - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Been Neise knowin ya.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Mets medical staff for the win! “Torn rotator cuff? Rub a little dirt on it and report to spring training. What could go wrong?”

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    And why is a team in the biggest media market in the country, with a brand new stadium and its own TV network not signing the available shortstop and starting pitchers they obviously need?

    • cackalackyank - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM


      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        and people criticize the Steinbrenners for trying to win!

  9. dondada10 - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Wheeler is gonna get the opening day start–he’s who the fans wanna see. He’ll be followed by Colon and Mejia. Forgetting about lefties, the club could slide both Syndergaard and Montero into the rotation.

  10. mybrunoblog - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Rut Ro

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