Jon Niese made his return to the mound today after an injury scare. The 27-year old Niese threw 35 pitches across two innings. He would struggle in the first, allowing four straight hits, but would set down the side in order in the second frame. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was there to hear the southpaw’s thoughts on his outing.
“I felt great,” Niese told ESPN. “It’s a great feeling to go out there and not feel any pain in your shoulder. It was a great step forward to go out on the mound and feel very close to 100 percent.”
“Only a couple of days of the rehab and I was able to get that strength back and the pain went away,”
These are very encouraging words from Niese, after everyone was holding their breath upon hearing that he was suffering from shoulder soreness.
“It’s a big step, because along with that I long-tossed, threw a bullpen before,” Niese said. “In reality I threw a lot more pitches.”
So now that he’s gotten himself back on the mound and back into his routine. What can we expect going forward? Is Opening Day a possibility?
“That’s what I’m getting ready for. That would be great. It would be a great honor, like last year. That’s what I’m working for.” said an optimistic Niese.
A huge turn of events from just a week ago, when myself and probably most Mets fans were thinking the worst.
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Information from ESPN New York was used in completing this article.