The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on Sunday and promoted right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle to take his spot on the roster.
The team announced that Dillon Gee will be activated from the DL and make Niese’s start on Wednesday against the Braves.
Terry Collins said that Niese is only expected to miss only one start and that he’ll return after the All-Star break and likely start on July 20 against the Padres in San Diego.
Niese insisted he is uninjured, but the team was concerned over his reduced fastball velocity which is averaging a career-low 88.6 mph this season, down from 90.2 mph in 2013.
Niese, who wasn’t available to the media before Saturday’s game, was said not to be in agreement with the decision.
The Mets announced early in Saturday night’s game with the Texas Rangers that veteran reliever Buddy Carlyle will join the team from Triple-A Las Vegas. No corresponding move was immediately announced.
According to Knobler, the Mets have had some concern about Niese’s shoulder, in part because the velocity on his fastball has been down this season. Niese had consistently averaged between 90 and 91 mph the last three seasons, but this season, his fastball has averaged just 88.6 mph.
Terry Collins suggested Saturday that the Mets wouldn’t be bringing Niese back early, but then added that there were unspecified health concerns other than the bruise on his side.
Wow… More on this as news comes in.