The New York Mets have been unlucky with injuries over the last several seasons. The Mets have seen far too many players go down with injuries, including losing starting pitcher Jonathon Niese last season due to a partially torn rotator cuff. Niese did not undergo surgery and was able to return later in the year, finishing reasonably strong. Niese, who enters spring training as the presumptive Opening Day starter, was forced to go to New York today to undergo an MRI on his left shoulder, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.
Niese and the Mets both are saying that the MRI is precautionary. The lefty has been dealing with what he is describing as "dead arm", and the Mets felt it was prudent to send him to New York to assure that nothing was wrong with his shoulder structurally. This has not been a good spring for Niese, who already missed some time with a sore left triceps earlier in the spring. The Mets are hoping for the best since they had Niese slated to be the Opening Day starter, followed by Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler in the rotation.
Given the state of their rotation, the Mets can ill afford to lose Niese for an extended period of time. Niese is the unit's only lefty and the de facto ace with Matt Harvey shelved for the season. An injury to Niese also impacts the back of the rotation, as the Mets may be forced to carry Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan in the rotation if Niese is out for a long time. The Mets could also be forced to consider starting a prospect like Rafael Montero or Jacob DeGrom in the rotation, a scenario they were planning on avoiding with a healthy Niese.
The Mets also have a minor injury situation with Bartolo Colon as well. Colon reported some tightness in his calf to manager Terry Collins, who told the veteran right hander to take it easy. Colon got some treatment for his calf and worked on the stationary bikes today, and he is not expected to miss much time.
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