One had to wonder what the New York Mets were thinking when they said Jon Niese would undergo an MRI on July 4. The exam was re-scheduled until Monday because the doctor was, now get this, on vacation for the holiday.
Couldn’t somebody have figured that out ahead of time?
NIESE: Should the Mets shut him down? (AP)
So, it won’t be determined until Monday whether Niese’s slightly torn rotator cuff will need surgery. Sending Niese to the mound without surgery or at least a longer period of rest with rehabilitation can’t be a good idea.
Sure, you want the Mets to be competitive, but not at the expense of Niese’s future.
With the way things currently are in the Mets’ rotation, they might need another starter because Shaun Marcum’s durability is in question, but its more prudent to dip below to Triple-A Las Vegas than it would be to go back to Niese.
Of course, Niese wants to pitch, but remember this is a transition year with little expected of the Mets. They are fourth in the NL East and...