Jon Niese, who was placed on the disabled list last Sunday in order to rest his shoulder, threw from a mound on Sunday at Citi Field and made it through the session without incident.
It was initially expected that Niese would be activated from the disabled list and reenter the starting rotation during the Mets’ second-half opening series in San Diego, but Niese isn’t listed as one of the starters for that series.
Instead, Niese’s return will likely come against the Mariners in Seattle during a series that goes from July 20 to 22.
If Niese does indeed return against Seattle, it will mean that he only missed one turn through the rotation.
So far in 2014, Niese has a 2.96 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 17 starts spanning 103.1 innings pitched.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said at the time Niese was placed on the disabled list that giving him a little rest each July might become the norm.
With Niese dealing with a shoulder issue that crops up from time to time, giving him an extended break while missing only one start can only help.
When Niese does return, it’s expected that Daisuke Matsuzaka will shift to the bullpen, leaving the Mets with a rotation of Niese, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Dillon Gee.
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