SECOND UPDATE – 5:03 PM:
Jonathon Niese just spoke to reporters and downplayed the significance of his shoulder issue. He said that he hoped to miss only one start. The fact that the Mets didn’t place Niese on the disabled list would lead one to believe that this issue really may be minor (and that Niese’s positive response is legitimate).
UPDATE – 4:27 PM:
Jonathon Niese was scratched from Saturday’s start due to left shoulder tendinitis that has been bothering him over the last few starts. According to the Mets, Niese will miss one start before being reevaluated. Nie
#Mets news — Niese scratched from Saturday start, I’m told. McHugh preparing to replace him. Not sure of reason but told it’s not serious.
— Mark Hale (@HaleMark) May 30, 2013
A few minutes after Hale’s tweet, Adam Rubin confirmed the report:
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 30, 2013
After it was reported by the beat writers, the Mets stated that Niese was scratched because of a “shoulder issue.” Shoulder issues usually aren’t immediately viewed as minor, so it’ll be interesting to see if Hale’s “not serious” statement turns out to be accurate.
Niese has been tremendous over his last three starts, allowing only three earned runs over 20.1 innings of work. He last pitched Monday night against the Yankees at Citi Field.
It’s unclear at this point whether Niese will simply be pushed back a day or two, or if his turn will be skipped completely.