This could be seen from miles away. After the left-handed pitcher exited last night’s game with shoulder pain, bad news was to immediately follow. On Friday afternoon, Adam Rubin of ESPN tweeted that the New York Mets confirmed that their pitches Jonathon Niese has a partial rotator cuff tear.
Asst. GM John Ricco says partial rotator cuff tear for Niese. No surgery immediately, but rest 2 weeks and then another MRI.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 21, 2013
Does this sound familiar? Johan Santana, anyone?
Niese struggled early in the season—let’s not forget that he was pitching through shoulder and neck problems—but has picked up his game as of late, pitching a 1.93 ERA since mid-May, so losing Niese for an undetermined period amount of time is bad news bears for the Mets.
Anything concerning a pitcher’s rotator cuff is very concerning, especially if that pitcher just signed a $30 million extension that leaves him under the control of the Mets until 2018, last spring.
The Mets will have to approach the pitcher’s shoulder carefully, and although his injury may not require surgery yet, it isn’t just a minor injury that the team can overlook.