The injury that forced Jonathon Niese out of Thursday’s game after only 3 1/3 innings of play has been revealed to be a partially torn left rotator cuff. No immediate surgery will be necessary, but two weeks rest and extreme caution has been advised.
Earlier, Mets manager Terry Collins recently announced to reporters that the cause of discomfort was “nothing severe,” but assistant general manager John Ricco recently corrected that statement declaring the true extent of the injury.
“Hopefully it will start healing itself and he won’t need surgery,” Ricco announced today. “It’s not ‘full thickness’ or a significant tear at this point.”
Niese has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will put off surgery in the hopes that his shoulder will begin to heal on it’s own. In the meantime, the Mets have recalled submarine pitcher Greg Burke from Triple-A (AAA) Las Vegas to take his place.
Niese (3-6) has struggled throughout the season, obtaining an ERA of 4.32 throughout his 14 starts. U