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Jon Niese hit in side by comebacker; X-rays come back negative

Jul 5, 2014, 11:31 AM EST

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Mets left-hander Jon Niese was forced to leave his start against the Rangers in the first inning last night after he was hit in the left side by a comebacker off the bat of Alex Rios. Fortunately, he managed to avoid a serious injury.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, X-rays on Niese’s side came back negative and he was diagnosed with a bruise. The southpaw actually wanted to stay in the game, but Mets trainer Ray Ramirez was concerned about the possibility of a fractured rib and a punctured lung. Niese had a previous incident back in 2009 where he suffered a complete tear of his hamstring after he was left in to throw a warm-up pitch, so playing it safe ultimately won out here.

Niese has been a bright spot for the disappointing Mets this season, putting up a 2.96 ERA and 74/28 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He hasn’t allowed more than earned runs in any of his 17 starts.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Jon Niese doesn’t have a side?

  2. bpearse230 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Disappointing? Doesn’t that infer there are expectations?

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