Jonathon Niese is set to throw in another rehab start on Tuesday in either in Brooklyn or Binghamton, and then if that all goes to plan, Niese will then most likely be activated off the DL and perhaps make a start in the Mets’ upcoming 11-game road trip.
So, what does this mean to the Mets’ rotation going forward? We’re not just talking for the rest of the 2013 season, but beyond that as well.
Certainly Niese, the Mets’ 2013 Opening Day starter, will be plugged back into the rotation, as he has become a rotation mainstay. As long as he is healthy (and with partial tear of his rotator cuff, there’s always that concern), Niese will be a starter for the foreseeable future.
Whether it was injury related—and you have to believe it was—or not, Niese has struggled for most of the year, going 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 14 starts. Niese has to showcase down the stretch that he can prove to be healthy and be the formidable middle-of-the-rotation guy the Mets came to depend on.