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New York Mets starter Jonathon Niese has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Niese will not undergo surgery at this point in time; instead the plan is for him to rest for two weeks and then have another MRI scan to determine whether it is healing effectively. Asst. GM John Ricco says partial rotator cuff tear for Niese. No surgery immediately, but rest 2 weeks and then another MRI. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 21, 2013 Niese left Thursday's start with shoulder discomfort and was placed on the DL on Friday, the Mets initially calling the injury a strain. Team doctor David Altchek subsequently examined Niese, diagnosing the tear. Assistant GM John Ricco said that this tear is a new injury, separate from the shoulder tendinitis that caused Niese to miss a start a few weeks ago. The fact that Niese is scheduled for physical therapy and rest for the next two weeks means that he won't be throwing, so even if he does not ultimately need surgery, it's unlikely he'll be back in the rotation before the All-Star break. Surgery would likely end Niese's season. Phillies starter Roy Halladay had shoulder surgery for a rotator cuff tear just over a month ago and even if he progresses well, Philadelphia isn't expecting him back until the end of August. Fortunately for the Mets, they were running a six-man rotation this week because of the call-up of top prospect Zack Wheeler. The 23-year-old impressed in his MLB debut on Tuesday, striking out seven Atlanta Braves in six innings, although he did walk five. Wheeler was number 11 on Baseball America's top 100 prospect list and number 7 on MLB.com's coming in to the season. Over four minor league seasons, his K/9 is an impressive 9.7 but control has been a problem, with a 4.0 BB/9. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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