Jon Niese left his start Friday night after being hit by a line drive in his back after having thrown just 12 pitches.
Niese wanted to stay in, but the Mets erred on the side of caution. Niese went for X-rays, which were negative, and he is now likely to be brought back for his next start early – either on Monday or Tuesday.
May 16, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese (49) throws during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Niese being brought back early, combined with Dillon Gee‘s expected activation from the disabled list on Wednesday, is likely to spell the end of Daisuke Matsuzaka (who will move back to the bullpen) in the rotation.
Since the Mets ultimately won Friday night’s game, Niese being knocked out early is a bit of a blessing in disguise.
Daisuke Matsuzaka has been struggling over his last few starts, and as is noted above, Niese’s early exit will likely mean no more turns in the rotation for Matsuzaka.
As far as the roster move the Mets make to clear room for Dillon Gee, it’s fair to assume that left-handed reliever Dana Eveland will be the odd man out.