Apr 18, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese (49) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Mets' Jon Niese cleared to throw after scare


A dark storm cloud appeared over the Mets’ upcoming 2014 as Jon Niese did not come out for the third inning in yesterday’s Spring Training game.

The possibilities were endless. Pitching injuries have been contagious this Spring, and Niese looked to be the latest in a long line of them. The initial diagnosis was left elbow discomfort, and Niese was scheduled for an MRI.

Now, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin says that the lefty is cleared to continue throwing. The MRI revealed inflammation in the elbow, but also showed that the ligament was completely intact. He received a cortisone injection and will continue throwing on Wednesday.

Rubin says, however, that there is still a good possibility that Niese winds up on the DL.

Still, the likelihood is Niese opens the season on the disabled list, while remaining in Florida to build up his innings count. The Mets do not need a fifth starter until April 6, against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. And that would be the day Niese would be eligible to be activated from the disabled list.

Niese had been a favorite to be the Opening Day starter, but now that responsibility will likely fall to Bartolo Colon or Dillon Gee.

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