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.