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

New York Mets' Jon Niese Placed on DL with Tear of Rotator Cuff

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.

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.

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