Injured Mets starter Jonathon Niese (shoulder) will undergo his next scheduled MRI on his partially-torn left rotator cuff on Thursday. The Mets diagnosed the injury on June 21, and Niese is resting and performing physical therapy for two weeks before the follow-up MRI on July 4.
"I feel strong," Niese said on Saturday. "I'm sure it will come out better."
Niese left his June 20 start against Atlanta in the fourth inning after feeling pain his pitching shoulder. He underwent an MRI the following day, as well as being examined by team doctor David Altchek, and was placed on the disabled list. The Mets are optimistic that Niese will not need surgery.
The southpaw said he's been told by other pitchers that endured the injury to take his time with the rehab, shutting it down for two or three weeks, and when he starts throwing, to take potentially another two to three weeks before returning. Niese is 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA this year.
"It feels a lot better, a lot stronger," Niese said. "I've been doing a lot of rehab on it and getting a lot better. We'll see how it goes Thursday."