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Jon Niese | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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In his return from the disabled list, Jon Niese allowed four earned runs over six innings in the Mets' loss to the Mariners on Monday.
Out since early July with shoulder inflammation, Niese punched out six and issued two free passes. The Mariners weren't fooled by his stuff, collecting 11 hits. Regardless, New York is happy to have Niese back, if for no other reason than to showcase him. The left-hander's contract is extremely team-friendly, paying out just $16 million over the next two seasons, with the Mets also in possession of a pair of club options totaling $21 million after that. Outside of a rusty return from layoff, Niese has been remarkably consistent; this was the first time he'd yielded more than three earned runs in a start. Now 5-5 with a 3.13 ERA, Niese heads to Milwaukee this weekend. Jul 22 - 1:05 AM

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Mets activated RHP Jon Niese from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll rejoin the Mets rotation on Monday when he takes on the Mariners in Seattle. Before hitting the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, he posted a terrific 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 74/28 K/BB ratio over his first 103 1/3 frames.
Jul 20 - 7:53 PM

Jon Niese (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday and remains on track to rejoin the Mets rotation on Monday in Seattle.

Niese has been on the shelf with a strained left hamstring since June 22. He will return to a 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 74/28 K/BB ratio through his first 103 1/3 innings.
Jul 18 - 6:53 PM

Jon Niese (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since going on the disabled list. The Mets haven't put an official timetable on Niese's return, but the expectation is that he'll rejoin the rotation on July 21 in Seattle if all goes well.
Jul 13 - 11:40 AM

Jon Niese (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Mets' rotation on July 21 in Seattle.

That's just one day later than he's eligible to return. Tests have revealed inflammation of the AC joint in Niese's left shoulder, which, all things considered, was good news. Niese resumed a throwing program on Thursday. The left-hander posted a 2.96 ERA over 17 starts before being placed on the disabled list over the weekend.
Jul 10 - 6:12 PM

Jon Niese was diagnosed with inflammation of the AC joint in his left shoulder following an MRI and X-rays.

Niese was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with what was termed as a left shoulder strain. The hope is that anti-inflammatory medication will enable him to rejoin the Mets rotation when the second half begins. Still, given the number of arm issues he has dealt with over the past year, that's far from a guarantee.
Jul 7 - 5:32 PM

Mets placed LHP Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 5, with a left shoulder strain.

Niese left his last outing after being hit in the back by a line drive, but it's his shoulder that's sending him to the DL. The left-hander has seen his velocity drop in recent starts and might be dealing with fatigue. Niese will surely undergo an MRI and/or other exams before it's determined how long he might be out.
Jul 6 - 12:24 PM

The Mets are more concerned about a shoulder issue Jon Niese is dealing with rather than a sore back that forced him from Friday's start.

Niese was hit by a line drive in back during Friday's outing, forcing him to exit after just 12 pitches. However, he's apparently been battling a shoulder issue that's caused a dip in velocity in recent starts. No official announcement has been made, but the Mets are expected to place the left-hander on the DL. "He’s got a bruise and he’s talked about some other issues," manager Terry Collins said Saturday. "We’ll see how he is tomorrow when it’s time for him to throw again." Niese dealt with shoulder weakness in spring training and missed nearly two months last season with a partially torn rotator cuff.
Jul 6 - 9:15 AM

Jon Niese (back) may be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Niese made an early exit from his start Friday against the Rangers with a bruised back. "We'll know more tomorrow," Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday night.
Jul 5 - 10:44 PM

Jon Niese is considered day-to-day after leaving Friday's start against the Rangers with a bruised back.

Niese was struck by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios in the first inning on Friday, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. The Mets will wait and see how he feels on Saturday, but it looks likely that he'll make his next scheduled start as planned.
Jul 4 - 9:22 PM

Jon Niese was forced to leave Friday's start against the Rangers after just three batters, after he was drilled by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios.

The ball struck him directly in the back. He had surrendered a solo homer to Shin-Soo Choo and an Elvis Andrus single before the Rios at-bat. The Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
Jul 4 - 7:33 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "reluctant" to trade Jon Niese.

Niese is probably the team's most shoppable commodity, but he also has a team-friendly contract that pays him just $16 million from 2015-16, with the Mets also having club options totaling $21 million from 2017-18. The left-hander boasts a 2.88 ERA over 16 starts this season.
Jul 3 - 10:47 PM

Jon Niese allowed three earned runs over six innings in the Mets' win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Niese held the Fish scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when all three runs crossed the plate. But he had a seven-run lead entering that frame and the Mets wound up winning 11-5. Niese will carry a cool 4-4 record, 2.78 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP into his next scheduled start on the road against the Pirates.
Jun 22 - 4:25 PM

Jon Niese got the no-decision, allowing one run over 7 2/3 innings as the Mets were defeated by the Brewers 5-1 in 13 innings on Thursday.

Niese and Kyle Lohse were locked up in a pitcher's duel lasting into the eighth inning. The lefty allowed six hits -- including a crucial second-inning solo home run to Aramis Ramirez -- while walking one and striking out a season-high eight batters. Niese is quietly enjoying a great season, now holding a 2.54 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 62/22 K/BB ratio in 85 innings. He'll go up against the Cardinals on the road in his next start.
Jun 12 - 11:38 PM

Jon Niese picked up the no-decision, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Pirates 4-2 on Tuesday.

Niese had blanked the Pirates through five, but ran into some sixth inning trouble when he allowed a two-out, two-run single to Starling Marte to knot the game at two apiece. Overall, Niese allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out two. The lefty now has a 2.74 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 45/19 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings. Niese will face the Phillies on the road in his next start.
May 27 - 11:20 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
3Taylor Teagarden
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
2Wilmer Flores
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
3Bobby Abreu
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Bobby Abreu
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jacob deGrom
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Josh Edgin
6Dana Eveland
7Daisuke Matsuzaka
8Bobby Parnell