Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 7/10/13
The Mets got some great news Monday when the team announced that MRI results on Jon Niese showed that there was no structural damage in his shoulder besides some ordinary wear and tear. Once you start delving into the world of tears in rotator cuffs, no matter how small, you’re headed into some dangerous territory. Niese was cleared by doctors to begin a throwing program in Port St. Lucie, a good sign that means he’s not far from being back on the mound. As said, there’s no real structural damage, so his rehab will be based on his tolerance and how he feels more than anything else. I don’t think a mid-August projection is too far from feasible. That being said, it’s absolutely crucial that the Mets don’t rush Niese along just so he can come back two or three weeks sooner than somebody says he should. While there was only a minor strain and no tears, the last thing this team needs are for there to be any setbacks with a guy who will be one of the rotation’s staples for years to come....
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