Jon Niese SP NYM 15 Hrs
Jon Niese made his spring debut Tuesday, allowing four runs and six hits in two innings against the Cardinals.
Niese struck out none and walked two. He allowed a homer to Kolten Wong. Niese is a couple of weeks behind after last month's shoulder problem, and his status for Opening Day remains in some doubt. We're skeptical that he'll be worth what he goes for in fantasy leagues.
Jon Niese SP NYM 3 Days
Jon Niese (shoulder) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday.
The left-hander was slowed in late February by a pinching sensation in his throwing shoulder, but he's been progressing well since then. Niese remains hopeful of being ready to start on Opening Day, and he should have enough time to get ready.
Jon Niese SP NYM 6 Days
Jon Niese (shoulder) expects to make his Grapefruit League debut next week.
Niese threw two innings in a scrimmage on Thursday morning in Mets camp and called it a "big step forward." The left-hander was slowed in late February by a pinching sensation in his throwing shoulder, but everything checked out fine in an exam back in New York. He expects to start for the Mets on Opening Day.
Jon Niese SP NYM 8 Days
Jon Niese (shoulder) will throw two innings in a "B" game on Thursday.
It will be his first game action this spring, as the left-hander has been sidelined due to a "pinching" sensation in his left shoulder. Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated Tuesday that he expects Niese to be ready to pitch on Opening Day, though obviously he's going to have to avoid setbacks.
Jon Niese SP NYM 12 Days
Jon Niese said Friday that he's dealing with a "pinching" sensation in his left shoulder but thinks rehab and strengthening will get him back up to speed.
Niese thinks the issue came about because over the offseason he focused on strengthening certain parts of his shoulder while "neglecting" other parts. The good news is that he has no structural damage and would seem to have a shot to still be the Mets' Opening Day starter. There's no timetable for when he'll resume throwing from a mound.
Jon Niese SP NYM 13 Days
An MRI taken Thursday on the left shoulder of Jon Niese showed no major structural damage.
Niese is on his way back to Florida (from New York) and should resume his spring throwing routine within the next couple of days. The Mets will continue to monitor him closely, but it sounds like the lefty should be fine for the opening of the 2014 regular season.
Jon Niese SP NYM 14 Days
Jon Niese will travel to New York to undergo an MRI on his left shoulder.
Niese is currently dealing with soreness in his shoulder, though it's in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last summer. Still, it's a troubling development. Assuming he needs to miss the start of the season, two out of Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan, and Daisuke Matsuzaka could leave spring training with rotation spots. Top prospect Rafael Montero could also be a consideration, though he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the year. Niese was expected to be the Opening Day starter for the Mets, but that assignment could now fall to Bartolo Colon.
Jon Niese SP NYM 14 Days
The Mets plan to start Jon Niese on Opening Day against the Nationals on March 31.
The Mets haven't made an official announcement yet, but it wouldn't be a big surprise, as Niese got the assignment last year. He's expected to be followed by Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, and Zack Wheeler. The fifth spot is up for grabs this spring between Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Jon Niese SP NYM 5 Months
Jon Niese yielded two runs on six hits over six innings as part of a no-decision in Sunday's season finale against the Brewers.
He struck out two and walked two. The southpaw was superb after coming off the disabled list in August and coughed up two runs only twice in his last nine starts. Niese went 8-8 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 24 starts this season.