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Jon Niese diagnosed with left shoulder strain

Jul 6, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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Another ugly season for the Mets just got uglier.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, starting pitcher Jon Niese has been diagnosed with a strained left shoulder and placed on the 15-day disabled list. Niese left his Friday start against the Rangers after being struck on the back by a line drive but that has nothing to do with this shoulder injury, which has been lingering and could threaten to sideline the lefty for a considerable amount of time.

Rubin notes that Niese’s fastball velocity is at a career-low average of 88.6 mph this season — down from 90.2 mph in 2013. But he’s still been pretty effective at that diminished speed, posting a 2.96 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 103 1/3 innings. Dillon Gee (lat) will replace him in the Mets’ starting rotation this week.

  1. chill1184 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    So much for selling high on Niese. I should be pissed but Im not

  2. yungslimdaballa - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    das a shame. niese was havin a good yea dis yea fo da mets

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