On Sunday afternoon, the New York Mets placed starting pitcher Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching shoulder. Take a deep breath, Mets fans, it’s not time to panic just yet.
Prior to the start of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Mets and Texas Rangers, SNY reported that the Mets placed their ace this season on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore left shoulder. This trip to the DL appears to be completely unrelated to his early exit from his last start on Friday in which he pitched only 0.1 inning due to a back contusion after being hit with a come-backer in the first inning. Given Niese’s history of injuries and poor finishes, Mets fans may be thinking “here we go again,” but at the moment, this seems like nothing more than just a precautionary decision to protect the 27-year-old lefty.
With the MLB All-Star Game at Target Field just a little over a week away, Niese will probably only miss one or two starts. The All-Star break will alleviate the team’s burden of being without their ace as the four days off will likely make Niese miss one less start. The one downside to Niese’s DL trip occurring at this time is that it will cost him possibly his first-career All-Star selection.
Niese has been arguably the most reliable pitcher for the Mets so far this season. He has the best ERA among starters this season at 2.96, but due to a lack of run support, is only 5-4 for the season.
On a bright note for the Mets, starter Dillion Gee is expected to make his return to the team following nearly two months on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.