Minors: Jon Niese to Start in Triple-A

The Mets have announced that Jon Niese will be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A, where he will start on Wednesday.

Niese, who has not allowed a run in his last seven innings, had been 6-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 22 starts with Double-A Binghamton.

Niese has been mentioned in a variety of trade rumors.

In fact, according to Jon Heyman at SI.com, the Mariners have been asking for Niese, whom the Mets consider to be ‘untouchable.’  Additionally, the Rockies had asked the Mets for Jon Niese in a deal for LHP Brian Fuentes, according to a recent report in the Denver Post.

…from what i can gather, the decision to promote niese came a few days ago, i.e., before John Maine’s potential shoulder injury…that said, it’s pretty good timing