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David Wright insisted he does not deserve to represent the Mets at Tuesday's All-Star Game. More candidly, the captain confessed Sunday morning, even if the National League needed a late replacement, he would be unable to perform.
Dogged by a bruised left rotator cuff and inflammation that recently sidelined him for a week, Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will receive a cortisone injection in the shoulder after Sunday's first-half finale. He then will spend the All-Star break "out west," allowing the shot to take effect.
Niese getting ready for second half
Jon Niese threw 21 pitches in the home bullpen at Citi Field on Sunday morning, took a break to simulate a half-inning, then threw an additional 17 pitches. It was his first time working off a mound since a 12-pitch appearance on July 4, when he departed after getting struck with a line drive in his lower back.
Niese officially landed on the DL the following day with a left shoulder strain. An MRI last Monday revealed inflammation in the AC joint.
The Mets plan to activate Niese from the DL to face the Seattle Mariners on July 21, to open the second series after the All-Star break. The southpaw will throw another bullpen session when the Mets reconvene Friday in San Diego to affirm his readiness.
Niese is eligible to return from the DL next Sunday, on the final day in San Diego, but Terry Collins prefers having Niese wait until Seattle, where lefty-hitting Robinson Cano poses a big danger.
No Call Up for extra infielder
The Mets are playing with an extra outfielder and only Eric Campbell, in reality, as a backup infielder. But there are no plans to readjust the balance out of the All-Star break, according to Terry Collins.
Until the Mets need to give Ruben Tejada a day off, which should not be required for a while, the Mets will not call up a bona fide backup shortstop.
That's true even with Wilmer Flores on fire in Las Vegas. Flores enters Sunday on a 17-game hitting streak. He's hitting .382 (26-for-68) with seven homers and 28 RBIs during that stretch in the Pacific Coast League.
Tejada has started 19 straight games at shortstop.
Prospects Showcase themselves at Future's Game
The top prospect Noah Syndergaard, who has struggled this season with Las Vegas, topped out at 97 mph with his fastball and produced a 13-pitch save in the Futures Game on Sunday in Minneapolis. He allowed a two-out single to Rockies prospect Rosell Herrera but no other damage as the U.S. squad beat the World team, 3-2, at Target Field.
Fellow Mets farmhand Kevin Plawecki started at catcher and finished 0-for-2 with an RBI before being replaced behind the plate by Justin O'Conner from the Rays organization. Plawecki's third-inning fielder's choice plated the game's opening run.