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Jon Niese cleared to throw, elbow ligaments are fine

Mets LHP Jon Niese has been cleared to resume throwing after undergoing an exam Monday in New York, multiple sources with ties to the team said (ESPN, Mar. 17).

Niese left Sunday’s game with pain in his elbow. He later said he may have hyperextended or simply irritated it during the game (Newsday, Mar. 17).

He received a cortisone injection in the back of his left elbow,  to address inflammation, elbow ligaments are fully intact, and he is expected to resume throwing Wednesday (ESPN, Mar. 17).

Niese is still expected to start the season on the disabled list, according to a team insider (ESPN, Mar. 17), so he can build up innings and arm strength lost from missing time this spring.

He will be eligible to return to action on April 6, which would coincide with the first time the team is need of a fifth starting pitcher in its rotation. In place of Niese on the Opening Day roster, the Mets could move to carry an extra bench player or reliever.

In the event Niese needs additional time on the disabled list, John Lannan or Jenrry Mejia would likely fill the open slot in the rotation.

Bartolo Colon or Dillon Gee would be the team’s Opening Day starting pitcher, if Niese starts the year on the disabled list, Collins said earlier in spring training.

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

The team’s pitching coach, Dan Warthen, intends to analyze recent footage of Niese and check for any unintended changes to his delivery, Collins said Sunday (Wall Street Journal, Mar. 16).




143 comments
Brad Heaney
Brad Heaney

Noooo! Not the dreaded "team doctors".

Rhandy Maag
Rhandy Maag

They should have signed drew and cruz also to short term Contracts

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Niese says shoulder hurts, goes back to NYC, gets MRI, Mets say he's fine.


Niese leaves game, says elbow hurts, goes back to NYC, gets MRI, Mets say he's fine.


I have a two-word response to anything the Mets say about injuries: Ryan Church.

Victor Lora
Victor Lora

John niese should b a bullpen pitcher . He cant last a whole season and now he's getting injured all the time..

Lory Earles
Lory Earles

To anyone here we who is clueless and I see many are, to repair ligaments takes many many months to heal. Not easy stuff. It's not like a scratch

Jose Quinones
Jose Quinones

Fine till he throws a pitch then is injured again.

Tim Ford
Tim Ford

Two MRI's already and its still spring training.

Rawlin Amparo
Rawlin Amparo

Fire the entire training staff!! What is going on over there?

Stuart Hershkowitz
Stuart Hershkowitz

could I have his head? he ain't going to need it. and I do. PLEASE

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I'll still say it once again, despite the all clear for the 2nd time this on the elbow after the 1st with the shoulder, this is not over with Niese's arm issues. They may not know what the issue is yet but with being flown back to NY twice in ST for MRIs and this being the Mets there definitely is something not right. Niese will miss significant time due to whatever is wrong with his arm most likely ending in surgery.

Larry Mauriello
Larry Mauriello

even though drs say no damage he will have to be watched carefully. at least short term

Kevin Ma
Kevin Ma

Another scare, should we trust this guy?

Mitch Kaufman
Mitch Kaufman

something's not right if there is discomfort. Get a 2nd opinion.

John Pizarro
John Pizarro

It's the Mets he really has a torn elbow ligament and he's going to need surgery and he probably has some horrid injury they aren't picking up as well.

Scott Harris
Scott Harris

Here we go again with the he is hurt, no wait he is good, to he is hurt again, to no on furtherthough he is fine, to he can resume to pitching to he is out for the year and needs surgery. The tests did not reveal blah blah blah, where do we find this med staff?

Marty Mart
Marty Mart

Remember he was checked by mets doctors

Eric Feldman
Eric Feldman

He's a middle of the rotation guy who the mets absolutely need. Great news!!

William Kinsley
William Kinsley

warthen should check his heart....would luv to see this guy traded.....

mike23
mike23

Now may be the time to start exploring trades for niese, maybe other teams aren't wise to his injury and mets can get something in return before an arm injury sidelines him for the season. 

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I Can't scroll through a 111 and counting comments, but if he's got pain, ya can't have him overcompensating in his motion. He probably needs rest, but even when he's pain free, he probably has a mechanics issue or not enough pitches to limit himself from over exertion. 

Mario Caraballo
Mario Caraballo

anyone has anything possitive to say? any hopefulls out there? man were a bunch of sourpusses. 

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

This dude is totally psyched out from his shoulder injury.  It seems that the littlest incidence has him scared! Not a good way to take the mound every 5th day.  

Andrew Padaetz
Andrew Padaetz

Oy. I think Niese is pushing the panic button too much..

Peter Anthony
Peter Anthony

That's what they said last time Mets are finished before the season even starts. I'm not even going to waste my time

nsmooth
nsmooth

agreed, Niese proving injury prone.  best case scenario is Niese has a good (and healthy) 1st half and we trade him in July at the deadline to a contender. Arizona has always like him, so has Toronto. 

Kaysie Peña
Kaysie Peña

So his elbow is fine.....but he's out until April? -_-

ponzies86
ponzies86

probably jerking it alittle too hard before the games

Max Meyer
Max Meyer

How long until he really does hurt himself?

nwmets
nwmets

What's wrong with your head? It can't be any uglier than Niese's...

xplr
xplr

Trade him? You trade a guy at his peak, like the mets did with Dickey. Besides, we need starters, at least for this year.

crafalko17
crafalko17

His curve has gradually gotten less effective over the years and he lost some velocity already as well. Not sure what's up.

crafalko17
crafalko17

He'll be throwing in ST, just it set back his preparation so he won't be ready to start the season. He'll stay down for the first couple weeks and continue to build up his arm strength and get called up when they first need a 5th starter.