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Jon Niese | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Friday that the struggling Jon Niese has been shifted to the bullpen.
With Gerrit Cole back, and Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow close to returning, the Pirates have ample rotation options and Niese simply doesn't make the cut. The 29-year-old hurler posted a 5.13 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 71/36 K/BB ratio over 101 2/3 innings in the first half. Jul 16 - 10:38 AM

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According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets haven't ruled out a reunion with Pirates left-hander Jon Niese.

The Mets' top priority is said to be bullpen help and Carig hears that they weren't keen on a potential reunion as recently as a week ago, but the club is increasingly keeping an eye on potential rotation help as well. That makes sense given that Matt Harvey is done for the year and Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard have both had some elbow scares. Zack Wheeler is also a big wild card as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. Niese was demoted to the bullpen on Friday and owns a 5.13 ERA and 1.57 WHIP on the year. He has clearly fallen out of favor with the organization, as Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated on Friday that he wishes he went in a different direction when he traded Neil Walker to the Mets over the winter.
Source: Newsday
Jul 15 - 10:43 PM

Jon Niese has been moved to the bullpen.

He's the odd man out, with Jeff Locke getting the nod Tuesday in the first game of the Pirates' three-game series against the Brewers. Niese allowed five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs in his final start of the first half. He has a 5.13 ERA and 1.57 WHIP for the season.
Jul 15 - 4:25 PM

Jon Niese was lit up for five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cubs.

Niese suffered a knee injury last week and may have been feeling some of the effects still Sunday against a quick-strike Cubs offense. Chicago put up two runs in the first inning, one in the third, and two more in the fourth to finally drive the left-hander from the game. That'll hurt his trade value. Pittsburgh is reportedly shopping him.
Jul 10 - 4:45 PM

Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are "actively shopping" Jon Niese.

Nesbitt says that the Pirates "have called around to a number of clubs recently" and "expect at least a handful to send scouts" to Niese's start against the Cubs on Sunday. The left-hander has put up a disappointing 4.87 ERA over 17 starts this season and is making $9 million, so it remains to be seen how much interest there will be. Trading Niese would help free the Pirates up to keep some of their young pitchers around. Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, Steven Brault and Tyler Glasnow have all debuted this season.
Jul 8 - 11:50 AM

Jon Niese (knee) is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Cubs.

Niese flew back to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to have his left knee examined, but an MRI apparently ruled out any structural damage. "It showed what we expected," trainer Todd Tomczyk said. "Jon has had on-and-off left knee issues throughout his career. It's a very manageable issue right now." Niese held the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings in his last start Monday in St. Louis.
Jul 7 - 10:30 AM

Jon Niese is returning to Pittsburgh to have his left knee examined.

Niese pitched well on the Fourth of July, holding the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings, but discomfort followed that performance. The Pirates at least outwardly don't seem concerned, though, and expect the 29-year-old southpaw to be able to make his scheduled start. That would come against the Cubs this weekend. Niese also experienced knee soreness at the end of last season, making this recent bout something to watch.
Jul 6 - 12:31 AM

Jon Niese tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Monday's 4-2 victory over the Cardinals.

He recorded just three strikeouts but managed to hold the Cards in check on seven hits and one walk. It was a much-needed bounce-back outing for the left-hander, as Niese had an ugly 8.86 ERA over his last four starts. Niese will carry a 4.87 ERA into this weekend's matchup against the Cubs.
Jul 4 - 7:07 PM

Jon Niese failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Niese surrendered a pair of solitary runs in the third and fourth innings before coughing up a three-spot in the fifth. He struck out just two (against two walks) on the evening. The 29-year-old southpaw will carry a difficult 5.07 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into a road showdown with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:18 AM

Jon Niese was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Giants in Thursday's loss.

About the only good thing one can say about Niese's season is that he's gone at least five innings in all 15 of his starts. He has a 4.93 ERA, and he's given up 18 homers in 87 2/3 innings. Two years ago, he surrendered 17 homers in 187 2/3 innings for the Mets. His career high for homers allowed is 22, but he's set to blow past that.
Jun 23 - 4:22 PM

Jon Niese allowed four runs on six hits, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Niese gave up solo shots to Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross, giving him 17 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. He also walked four in the game, another issue that has plagued him for much of the year. The southpaw dropped to 6-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with the loss, and he'll next take on the Giants on Thursday.
Jun 19 - 12:13 AM

Jon Niese was clobbered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Niese struck out five and walked one in the ballgame. The Cardinals struck early and often in this one, with a run in the first, three more in the third and another four in the sixth to chase Niese from the contest. He also gave up a pair of homers in the contest, to Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk. He'll carry a disappointing 4.60 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Cubs in Chicago.
Jun 12 - 8:35 PM

Jon Niese tossed seven shutout innings Tuesday in the Pirates' defeat of the Mets.

Niese held the Mets to four hits and two walks while striking out two. The left-hander has been on a roll since early May and finally has his season ERA back under 4.00 (it's currently at 3.93). Niese will try to keep it all working next time out against the rival Cardinals.
Jun 7 - 6:55 PM

Jon Niese is lined up to start Saturday against the Cardinals.

Niese is pitching in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, so this means that he would be going on short-rest on Saturday. There has been some speculation about a possible call-up for either Tyler Glasnow or Jameson Taillon, but as of now, the Pirates aren't going that way.
Jun 7 - 12:34 PM

Jon Niese will start Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Pittsburgh will go with Juan Nicasio in Game 2. The Mets are starting Steven Matz in Game 1 and Jacob deGrom in the nightcap.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6A.J. Schugel
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Juan Nicasio
9Jon Niese