Jon Niese’s departure came two days after the Mets unveiled prized pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to join Matt Harvey in the team’s burgeoning rotation.
Manager Terry Collins has six starters for five spots and is considering who among Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner and Shaun Marcum should be bumped from the rotation, as early as next week, but that step might now be unnecessary.
Collins said he will not make a decision on the rotation until more is known about Niese’s condition. The manager indicated he is worried.
“When [the shoulder] bothers you on a night where it’s warm, I am a little concerned, yeah,” Collins said.
It’s not the first time this season Niese’s shoulder has been an issue. The lefty skipped a start in Miami this month with tendinitis in the shoulder, but returned to face the Marlins on June 9 at Citi Field and indicated he was fine physically. He then faced the Cubs six days later.
“It was a lot worse before,” Niese said. “After I left the game everything settled down in here and the pain went away, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Lets Pray for the Best!-DD