Terry Collins: If Santana Isn’t Ready, Niese Will Get Opening Day Nod

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During an interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa, Terry Collins said that Jon Niese would get the Opening Day start if Johan Santana is not ready.

The manager still believes Santana has a chance to make the start, “It’s not doubtful,” Collins said. “If he’s not ready for Game 1, I think he’ll be ready for Game 4.”

Niese, 26, took a big step forward. He became reliable, proved to be durable, and most of all, he improved his performance significantly.

Hopefully Santana will be able to make that start, as we could use his veteran leadership. If not, we are in capable hands with Jonathan Niese.