Jon Niese says he needs two more rehab starts before returning

Jon Niese, who joined the team in Miami, says he estimates he needs two more rehab starts before returning from the disabled list.

Niese threw a bullpen session today in front of pitching coach Dan Warthen, and says he could be back in two weeks. In his first rehab start over the weekend, he allowed two earned runs over two innings of work for the GCL Mets.

He will pitch again on Thursday for the St. Lucie Mets.

Niese has been on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff since June 21.