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Jon Niese pulled from start with hyperextended elbow

Mar 16, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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Another day, another injured MLB pitcher.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets starter Jon Niese was pulled from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals with what’s being called a hyperextended left elbow. Niese suffered the injury 10 days ago in an intrasquad game and it began causing him discomfort in the second inning Sunday.

The hyperextension is near the back of the elbow, not in the area of the ulnar collateral ligament that is often repaired through Tommy John surgery. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in the clear. An MRI is scheduled for Monday in New York.

It is obviously now unlikely that the 27-year-old southpaw will be able to make his appointed Opening Day start. Bartolo Colon could get the nod instead. Dillon Gee is also an option.

Niese posted a solid 3.71 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 143 innings last summer for the Mets.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Of course….

    How many pitchers are we up to now? 7?

    • NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      We are hoping Fister comes off the list. He’ll pitch in a minor-league game tomorrow.

  2. bigjimatch - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    this is clearly Madoff’s fault…

  3. President Charles Logan - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    The Mets are just a train wreck , and will be for years to come .

  4. stercuilus65 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    A second opinion? Your’e ugly too!

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