Buddy Carlyle was heading to New York from Class AAA Las Vegas. Although no corresponding move was announced, it appears likely that he will be taking Niese’s spot on the roster. Manager Terry Collins said after the game he would talk about Niese’s status today, and it seems imminent that he will be placed on the disabled list.
However, Niese’s physical problem apparently isn’t his lower back, which was bruised when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios. Multiple reports indicate the issue is his shoulder, and Collins had said before the game that Niese had "other issues" besides his back.
The Mets RHP Dillon Gee (strained right lat), who has been on the DL since May 11, appears ready to return. Gee had a good rehab outing for Class A Brooklyn on Friday, striking out 10 in six innings. Gee said after Saturday’s Mets game he "absolutely" is ready to return to the majors. And because he pitched Friday, he would be right on track to take Niese’s scheduled start.