Jon Niese left Thursday night’s game in the fourth inning with what the team described as discomfort in his left shoulder.
“There was discomfort and I tried to pitch through it,” Niese said after the game. “I felt pain on every pitch, so it wasn’t worth it.”
5:35 am: Triple-A RHP Greg Burke is expected to rejoin the Mets this weekend, which is an indication Niese could end up on the disabled list, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
June 20: Terry Collins told reporters after the game that Niese will go for an MRI in New York on Friday.
“The only thing I know is that his shoulder is bothering him,” Collins said, adding that he is slightly more concerned than usual because Niese had an issue with the same shoulder earlier this season.
After throwing his 61st pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning, Niese visibly winced and called to the dugout for Terry Collins and the trainer to come out. He was pointing to his pitching shoulder as the coaches came out of the dugout. He left the game and proceeded directly into the clubhouse.
Niese missed a start earlier this year with shoulder tendinitis.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
8:31 pm: This hurts. He is so needed, on this team and for the future. This whole season has been a mess for Niese, be it his rough start, then the first shoulder issue, and now this. Hopefully this ends up being something that can be managed.
If not, obviously he steps aside in time for Zack Wheeler to fill in the rotation, meaning whether to bump Jeremy Hefner or Shaun Marcum becomes a non-issue.