published by Keith Gendron March 16, 2014.
During todays exhibition game against the Cardinals, Mets lefthander Jon Niese, left the game with elbow discomfort. During his 2 innings he pitched 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and walking 1, striking out 1. This is becoming common place for the 27 year-old as he is trying to recover from scapula weakness, due to improper rehab this past off-season. He stated a week ago on SNY, that he neglected to strengthen the scapula area and only concentrated on the rotator cuff muscles. Since he has been throwing while trying to strengthen the scapula area in such a short amount of time, I am suggesting this elbow discomfort has been caused by overcompensation of his shoulder area generally, and scapula more specifically. Again, who the blame falls on is either the trainers or Niese’s work ethic regarding his rehab. But, to say Niese will take the mound in 15 days to pitch opening day at Citifield against the Nationals looks bleak as he heads back to New York for his 2nd MRI this spring. This injury may also be the break that Jenrry Mejia has been awaiting, if Niese has to start the season on the disabled list.
Also, the news that Diamondbacks ace, Patrick Corbin may now miss the 2014 season due to a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, could put the Mets in better position in grabbing either of Arizona’s young shortstops without giving up as much. I think Chris Owings is the preferred shortstop of the Mets, but before this injury to Corbin it seemed that Arizona was looking to go with him as their everyday shortstop of the future. Stay tuned to see how this all progresses.