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Jon Niese tossed bullpen session, feels good the day after

Jon Niese threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, one week after getting a cortisone shot in his left elbow.


March 25: Niese said he felt good Tuesday morning, a day after his bullpen session (Ackert (Daily News).


March 24: “It feels good to throw pitches without any pain or soreness,” Niese said after throwing.

According to Niese, he expects to pitch in a rehab game Thursday, start the season on the disabled list and make his first start of the regular season on April 6 against the Reds.


Niese hyperextended or simply irritated his elbow during a game in mid-March. He received a cortisone injection in the back of his left elbow to address inflammation, but his elbow ligaments were fully intact.

He also had an MRI on his shoulder earlier this spring and missed several starts last season as a result of a torn rotator cuff.




14 comments
Father Dooley
Father Dooley

The question has been brought up several times lately: "Can the Mets really win 90 games this year?"  And this is what I offer as a way for the Mets to win 90 games:

1) They have to stay healthy

2) The 1B position needs to produce 20 HR/70 RBI

3) The SS position needs to produce (possibly Flores?)

4) d'Arnaud needs to put up better numbers

The good news is that the outfield and the pitching is already there.


The real question, then, is can the Mets achieve all of the above in 2014?

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Could Niese be the Mets version of the Dodgers Puig. Getting hurt by getting out of bed.

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

I have absolutely no faith in the Mets medical staff. Not only do I believe Niese isn't healthy, but I think he has several different injuries at the same time. This offseason alone he has had MRIs on his shoulder and elbow. Cortisone doesn't fix anything, all it does is numb away the pain. If he had felt anything but fantastic after getting the cortisone, then we would have a real problem. I'm sure that the Mets will pitch Niese on the 6th, and he will be on the shelf for the season by Memorial Day.

greekgod
greekgod

Third timeI asked this question: How are the Mets going to win 90 games with basically the same roster as last year?

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

So, is this a look ahead to May?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

This is great news, you can never have too much pitching!

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

I think Niese just wanted to get back to NYC so he wouldn't miss any dress sales....

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Yeah we heard this all before after the first time Niese came back from an MRI in NY. It didn't stop him from having another issue just weeks later and having to fly back for another MRI. In my mind there's no way there isn't something wrong with his arm and he won't be shut down yet again and perhaps for the season if not more. On the bright side for him hopefully the Mets are on a homestand when he needs his next MRI this season so he can just hop in a car instead of having to take a plane flight.

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

@Father Dooley I would love for Ike to pull off a great year and for Flores to come up and play short.  I also really hope TDA and C Young produce as well.  IF those things happen, we will have a good/fun to watch year

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@greekgod  To get to 90 wins:


1.  19 games vs. each NL EAST team.  Gotta beat the Marlins, Phillies and Braves.  ESPECIALLY the Braves who have so many injuries and so much resting on the 3 U's, PLUS the switch from McCann to Gattis full time, that i would NOT be surprised if they finished in 4th. and they have to play well vs. the Nats.  Whats good is the Mets aren't the only lineup with LOTS of K's in it.  19 x 4 is 76..have a winning record here, and that's close to half your battle.


2.  The Mets HAVE to play better at home.


3. The Mets can have an offensive hole at SS.  They can have one at 1B (as long as CY produces as he did in his better days in Ariz.).  But the Mets can't afford holes at BOTH spots.  Tejada doesn't have to be the second coming of A'rod, but he's gotta revert back to .280/.275


4. The Mets have to get on base better than 29% and 32% respectively, out of the 1st and 2nd spot in the lineup, and better than 30% as a team.   


5. The bullpen has to be STRONG.  Not solid, not capable, but near shutdown.  There's a lot of big arms in that pen, they NEED to perform like big arms.  


6. Wright, Grandy, Murphy don't have to do anything special at the plate, but CY, EY and TDA have to revert to type or hit potential.


7.  Obvious:  Starting pitching has to live up to hype.  


Even with all this, it wouldn't get better than 90 wins, but 90 is possible

Adam Porte
Adam Porte

@greekgod I really feel like that comment has been blown out of all proportion. Alderson and Collins have been saying that they want the mindset of the organisation to change, because they say we're heading towards being a team that can reach the post-season. So Sandy thinks we should be setting out to win 90 games. Which is the right thing to say if you are trying to change the mood of the clubhouse.

Lots of things have to come together for us to win 90 games, some of the under performers from last year need to step up and our pitching needs to hold up. Wheeler needs to have a real breakout year. The outfield we start with in 2014 is better and there is more power in the lineup. I don't think we will win 90 games, but I do think we could finish with a winning record. Part of the puzzle is to change the mindset from 'we're a team in transition' to 'we're a team looking to win'. That was Sandy's point in my opinion.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@pochemu No this is news from the future after Niese gets shut down for a 3rd time and sent to NY for an MRI yet gets an all clear that somehow nothing is wrong with his arm.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Ken Thall No this is news from the future after Niese gets shut down for a 3rd time and sent to NY for an MRI yet gets an all clear that somehow nothing is wrong with his arm.