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Jonathan Niese expected to start season on the DL

The rough spring filled with injuries continued for the Mets this weekend when they sent starting pitcher Jonathan Niese back to New York for the second time this spring with concerns about a possible injury.

Niese is in New York and is due to undergo an MRI on Monday, and’s Adam Rubin reports that if the results come back minimal, Niese would likely start the season on the DL, with Bartolo Colon being the Mets’ most likely Opening Day starter, with Dillon Gee as the alternate.

If the Mets decide to DL Niese for the beginning of the season, and backdate it nine days into spring training.

As Ruben writes:

“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.

“Placing Niese on the DL would allow the Mets to carry an extra bench player or, less likely, an extra relief pitcher for the first five games of the season. DL trips can be backdated nine days into spring training.”

It’s almost as if the injury bug that dug deep into the Yankees last season has made it’s way over to the Mets. Both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, who are both competing against each other at first base, have been dealing with injuries, and now Niese is seeing a doctor for a second time, with a couple weeks of spring still left.

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