July 17, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese (49) pitches in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals defeated the Mets 5 - 4 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets Jon Niese Suffers Partial Tear of Rotator Cuff

Nasty news for New York Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese, who suffered a partial tear of his rotator cuff but shockingly it’s not as doom and gloom as one might thing.

At least, that’s the initial thought.

Mets skipper Terry Collins hinted that Niese could shockingly return in just three weeks time but assistant general manager John Ricco had a bit more in depth prognosis.

Per Adam Rubin:

Asst. GM John Ricco says partial rotator cuff tear for Niese. No surgery immediately, but rest 2 weeks and then another MRI.

More or less, the Mets are going to give Niese a few weeks to heal before he undergoes another MRI. At that point they’ll be able to see if there has been any change in the injury and from there they’ll be able to either continue the rest, get Niese back on the field if everything looks okay or undergo an operation if doctors deem in necessary.

In short, it’s a waiting game, though it sounds like there may be some wishful thinking on the Mets part.

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