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Jon Niese gets some good news, but still likely DL bound

Mar 17, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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It’s hard to really think of anything related to Jon Niese‘s arm as “good news” considering the Mets left-hander has already had shoulder and elbow problems this spring, but this at least qualifies as “not-bad news.”

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Niese received a cortisone injection after leaving Sunday’s start with elbow soreness and has been cleared to throw again in a few days following a clean MRI exam.

Rubin says Niese is still expected to begin the disabled on the disabled list–Bartolo Colon, Opening Day starter!–and it’s tough to imagine the Mets not holding their collective breath every time he takes the mound for a while considering his shoulder problems date back to last season.

  1. nymets4ever - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    If the Mets were opening the season on the road, I’d be OK with Colon getting the start. But since they’re at home, give the fans something to get excited about. Let’s see the exciting young flamethrower who we traded Carlos Beltran for, and who worked his way through our farm system. Zack Wheeler for Opening Day 2014.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I believe a “clean bill of health” from the Mets medical staff usually carries a recovery time of 8-12 weeks.

  3. President Charles Logan - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Like it’s going to matter of Jon Niese is around the first couple weeks? lol … give it up bottom feeders.

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