Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/22/14
After making an early exit from last night’s start, the New York Mets have placed left-handed starting pitcher Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The Mets sent Niese for further testing, and manager Terry Collins told reporters that the team has classified the injury as a strain. Greg Burke is on active roster tonight and Jon Niese is on the DL. Still awaiting precise Niese diagnosis. #mets — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 21, 2013 Terry Collins said Niese is "nothing severe." Needs to strengthen shoulder before throwing. Calling it strain. #mets — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 21, 2013 Niese exited last night’s start against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning due to shoulder discomfort. Rubin mentioned that Niese later said there was actual pain involved, not just discomfort, leading to speculation that the injury could be more significant. Considering the team has immediately placed Niese on the DL, it seems like he could be out for more than the minimum of 15 days. Earlier in the season, Niese dealt with shoulder tendinitis. It sidelined him for one start, and the Mets thought he was over it. It’s not yet clear if his current issue is related. After last year’s performance, New York was counting on Niese to be a part of its up-and-coming rotation along with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. He hasn’t been as sharp as he was last season, as he’s posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.32 and 1.610 over 14 starts spanning 77 innings. To replace Niese on the roster, the Mets called up right-handed reliever Greg Burke from Triple-A. The 30-year-old has appeared in 21 games for New York this season, posting an ERA and WHIP of 4.05 and 1.50 over 20 innings. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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