Jon Niese, who has twice been sidelined during camp due to injury, will pitch in a minor league game Thursday. If all goes well, Niese is expected to pitch in another minor league game April 1 before making his regular season debut April 6 at Citi Field.
Later today, Cory Mazzoni starts for the Mets against the Nationals at Tradition Field at 12:10 p.m.
The game will air live on SNY
In order to limit his exposure to the Nationals, Bartolo Colon will pitch in a minor league game.
After the game, the Mets will head to Montreal to play exhibition games against the Blue Jays on Friday and Saturday.
The Mets open the regular season in four days, when they face the Nationals at Citi Field.