After throwing a 39-pitch bullpen session, Jonathon Niese pronounced himself fit to reenter the rotation Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Niese missed one start with what was labeled shoulder tendinitis, although his description sounded more like an impingement.
"It's nice to throw a bullpen without feeling any soreness or pain," Niese said. "I kept the arm angle up and made some pitches in the bullpen that had probably 85 or 90 percent intensity and felt really good. I'm pretty confident that I feel good. How it felt before, in between each start, was night-and-day difference from how it felt today. It was good to get that rest."
Niese described the issue that caused him to miss one start as "some sharp pains in my shoulder -- kind of like that irritating, nagging feeling, real sore. In some movements, when I moved my shoulder, I would get that sharp pain. It would catch."