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Jonathon Niese On Track To Start Against Yankees On Friday

(credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Mets manager Terry Collins is optimistic left-hander Jonathon Niese will be able to make his next start against the Yankees on Friday after experiencing a rapid heartbeat while pitching last weekend.

Niese underwent numerous tests, including an EKG and a treadmill stress test, and was given a heart monitor to wear. Collins says he’s confident Niese is “going to be fine” and will be able to pitch without extra precautions.

“All indications point that the examinations were good,” Collins said.

Niese is scheduled to start the opener of the three-game Subway Series at Citi Field.

“I think it was heat-related, no question about it,” said Collins. “His heart just started to race. When he got calmed down, he was fine. He’s been fine ever since.”

Collins also said he talked to third baseman David Wright, out with a stress fracture in his back. Wright has swung in a pool and could be ready for rehab games in about a week.

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