After Saturday’s win over Cincinnati, the New York Mets announced that they had activated Jon Niese from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the roster, infielder Wilmer Flores was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Niese, who had issues with both his left shoulder and left elbow during spring training, will make his season debut Sunday at Citi Field. The Mets have said that Niese will be limited to roughly 95 pitches on Sunday.
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The Mets placed Niese on the disabled list prior to the season with the expectation that he would be ready – and that was confirmed after two minor league rehab starts that went off without a hitch.
Flores will see time at both shortstop and second base upon his return to Las Vegas.
With Niese back, the Mets’ starting rotation is now whole. If a need in the rotation arises soon, the club will likely turn to Daisuke Matsuzaka to fill in.
As far as Flores is concerned, the Mets had been carrying an extra bench player until Niese’s activation. Flores was the logical choice to be demoted, but the club would really be better served changing the bench up a bit.