Mets to replace Logan Verrett with Jon Niese
I can’t believe I even typed that title.
Remember before the season when we thought everyone would be scared about our starting rotation? Ha! My how things have changed. Who would have thought that we would hear the words that starter Logan Verrett would be replaced by a reacquired Jon Niese? I know I would have laughed at this thought – actually I probably would have cringed at this thought. But it’s happening. It’s real. And I’m cringing.
Niese is expected to make his return to the starting rotation. Unfortunately, many Mets fans should not be surprised by this as Verrett’s performance so far has been quite bad to say the least. In Friday night’s game against the Padres, Verrett gave up a grand slam in the top of the first – and then still proceeded to give up another homer in the same inning. All 8 runs scored by the Padres during the game were given up by Verrett. This game is a perfect example as to why Verrett needed out of the starting rotation.
Unfortunately, as Zack Wheeler is off to the doctors again due to continued discomfort in his right elbow, he is out of the picture. Despite the hope of many Mets fans, Wheeler will most likely not be back this season. With Matt Harvey already out due to thoracic outlet syndrome, the Mets needed another man. Well, despite many Mets fans feelings on this, that man currently is Niese.
Niese is expected to replace Verrett next Wednesday in Phoenix. But, Niese is currently suffering from an injury himself, because who on the Mets isn’t suffering from something?
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Niese’s knee is currently bothering him, which is one of the reasons as to when Michael Conforto was sent down, Seth Lugo was sent up rather than an another bat. One could assume that this knee discomfort isn’t too serious though, as Collins is assuming he’d be okay to take over starting next Wednesday.
Maybe Niese can prove us wrong? Who knows. Guess we’ll just have to see.