Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 5/30/13
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is reporting that LHP Jonathon Niese has been scratched from his scheduled start this Saturday due to shoulder tendinitis. RHP Collin McHugh will start in the veteran southpaw’s place against the Miami Marlins, a chance that many believe should be going to top prospect Zack Wheeler. McHugh pitched brilliantly for the Las Vegas 51s this season, pitching to a 2.74 ERA in eight starts. He’s not a heavy strikeout pitcher, but he’s most effective when he limits his walks and he managed to do so this season, allowing only 1.64 BB/9 amidst a hitter-friendly environment. Niese’s injury won’t be sending him to the disabled list, but it’s curious as to why Wheeler’s contract hasn’t been purchased in lieu of his injury. If the Mets were truly intent on fielding the best possible team (as they insist that Super-Two status isn’t prohibitive of them making moves), bringing Wheeler to a pitcher-friendly Miami ballpark against a meager offensive team to make his big leagu...
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