Jon Niese starts against the Reds and Mike Leake tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Niese was diagnosed with a partial tear of his rotator cuff in June. He went on the disabled list, rehabbed the injury, and has a 3.06 ERA since returning to the rotation in early August.
“The ultimate goal for the next 10 days is to make sure he feels good when he leaves here so he can maintain the strengthening program this winter and come to spring training 100 percent ready,” Terry Collins said after Niese’s last start.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Sept. 20: Niese has looked really good since coming off the DL. More importantly, he has been using all of his pitches, in the right spots, and he’s been effective keeping hitters off balance. I don’t know if this is a byproduct of more confidence, maybe the pain in his shoulder limited his ability to throw certain pitches, or maybe he’s just locked into a good zone here. In either case, it’s nice to see him finishing strong, because Niese becomes significantly more important now, a) because he’s their only left-handed starting pitcher, and b) they’re going to need all the help they can get in the possible absence of Matt Harvey in 2014.