On Sunday, the Mets placed Jon Niese on the disabled list retroactive to July 5 with what they’re terming a left shoulder strain. Niese was reportedly against the move, which Terry Collins addressed with the media prior to Sunday’s game.
Aug. 11, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Collins said that there was nothing in particular that was bothering Niese, and alluded to the fact that the Mets gave Niese extra rest last season and both he and the team benefited from it.
Niese dealt with multiple injury issues during spring training, but has been tremendous so far for the Mets this season.
To replace Niese on the roster, RHP Buddy Carlyle was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.
It’s expected that Dillon Gee will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, at which point Carlyle will likely be the roster casualty.
Niese has yet to address the media about the move, which may be due in part to the fact that he’s not in agreement with it.
The club is apparently worried that Niese’s average fastball velocity has dipped a bit more than a mile per hour compared to 2013.
However, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York noted, if this is indeed just the Mets being extra cautious with Niese, he may only miss one start.
With the All-Star break coming up next week, Niese (if he spends the minimum amount of time on the DL) could return three days after the break for a start on July 20.