Niese Inflamed:Jon Niese underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation in the AC joint in the top of the shoulder.
Niese has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. He still plans to miss only one start and return during the first series after the All-Star break, at San Diego.
A Mets official had said that Niese's MRI looked the same as one taken during spring training, but Niese said there actually were differences.
The spring-training MRI showed weakness in the scapula. He was prescribed strengthening exercises back then. This time inflammation existed in the AC joint.
X-Rays Negative for Torres:Carlos Torres completed the 11th inning and earned the win, but the reliever did get a visit from the trainer after being struck in the bare hand with a two-out line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton during the final inning of the Mets' 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
An X-ray after the game was negative. Torres officially has a bruise.
To Trade or Not to Trade?Sandy Alderson continued to say Monday that the direction the Mets take at the trade deadline will be dictated by how the team performs heading into the All-Star break.
"Look, let's see where we are at the end of this week," Alderson told reporters. "We're always willing to listen. We may be thinking in terms of the second half of this season. We may be thinking more in terms of next season. We've made a lot of deals in recent years where we've gotten prospects who are a good ways away. I don't think we're thinking that way these days, although sometimes that's the value in a return. So I'd just hate to speculate on it."