Jonathon Niese has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, although surgery may be avoided according to assistant general manager John Ricco.
The diagnosis came after Niese was examined by team doctor David Altchek on Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
Ricco said doctors believe the tear is small and surgery may not be needed if the injury can heal on its own after rest and rehabilitation. “But we’ll know more after a couple of weeks of rest,” Ricco said.
Niese missed a start earlier this month after he was found to have shoulder tendinitis. He was sent for a M.R.I. on May 30, which revealed no structural damage.
After skipping a start, Niese had two outings before Thursday’s, when he said he began to experience pain again. Ricco said the current tear occurred after that first test. “This is something that changed,” he said.
Before Ricco made the announcement, manager Terry Collins was downplaying the severity of this injury calling it nothing severe. Terrible job by him… This is VERY severe…
The Mets will now be without Niese for a month or longer, nobody really knows…
. He was 3-6 record with 4.32 ERA this season.
Burke had been recently demoted to make room for the addition of right-hander Carlos Torres on the major league roster after a clause in his contract forced the Mets to promote him or lose him.
Because Burke has not spent 10 days in the minors, he can only rejoin the Mets if a major league player lands on the DL.
This likely means Jon Niese will be heading to the DL. Niese was removed from the game in the fourth inning last night with what the team reported as “left shoulder discomfort.”
After throwing his 61st pitch of the game, Niece winced in pain. He then motioned to the Mets dugout for the trainers to come out, pointed to his shoulder, and within a minute they all walked off the mound.
“My shoulder hurts,” Niese told Terry Collins.
Collins told reporters after the game that Niese was heading to New York for an MRI and further tests on Friday.
“The only thing I know is that his shoulder is bothering him,” Collins said.
Losing Niese for any stretch of time would be a big blow to the team, especially as the only lefthander in the rotation.