Mets News and Notes:
Jonathon Niese had a favorable reexamination on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and has been cleared to go to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the rehab process, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Niese had landed on the disabled list after a June 20 start with what the team labeled a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.
NL Home Run Derby captain David Wright has selected Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer to join him as teammates for the July 15 event at Citi Field.
Robinson Cano on the American League side selected Prince Fielder, Chris Davis and a yet-to-be-determined participant.
Wright said the rationale for his picks was straightforward: He picked the NL home run leader (Gonzalez), the leading vote-getter by a large margin by fans (Harper) and one choice for himself -- his childhood friend Cuddyer. Wright said all three accepted, so he never got further down on his list, despite other deserving candidates.
Gonzalez Germen is en route to San Francisco, the Mets announced, signaling Shaun Marcum appears headed to the disabled list.
Because Germen has not been in the minors 10 days, he can only return if a major league player lands on the DL.
Germen is not due to arrive until late in Monday's game at the earliest, so he will not be active for the series opener and Marcum will not be placed on the DL tonight.
Marcum was examined by a specialist in St. Louis on Monday because of tingling and numbness in his cold right hand. Assistant GM John Ricco said full details would not be disclosed until Tuesday.
Dillon Gee visited the same specialist, doctor Robert Thompson, last July at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.