Jon Niese is going back to New York to have an MRI on his sore left shoulder, with what Niese described as a ‘dead arm,’ Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday in St. Lucie.
“Last year when there was pain, it was difficult to do everyday things such as turn a steering wheel or put on a belt,” Niese said (DiComo, Feb. 26). “There’s no pain with any of that now, so I don’t foresee it being serious at all.”
It’s precautionary, according to Collins, who says Niese has been feeling pain in his triceps since early in camp (Carig, Feb. 26).
It is in different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last summer (DiComo, Feb. 26).
Niese was projected to be the team’s Opening Day starter, Collins said.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Yes, everyone, they do have MRI machines in Florida. So I assume there’s a specific reason why it makes more sense to send him to New York, maybe to see team doctors, etc. I guess we’ll know soon… My big, uninformed fear is that this is something like Johan Santana, who complained of these exact symptoms when he first disappeared to have major shoulder surgery. I pray this is not that… hopefully it’s just a dead arm, some standard soreness and a smart team being extra cautious. Fingers crossed…