“I just want to get my arm ready. If that means I’m the fifth starter, the eighth starter, it doesn’t matter to me. Just as long as I get my arm right and I’m healthy so we can play in October.”
Jon Niese received a cortisone shot for inflammation in the back of his left elbow and may be cleared to resume throwing as early as Wednesday.
Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad Sunday, leaving a 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore left elbow.
Wheeler showed signs last season of becoming a co-ace with Harvey, which is exactly what the Mets envisioned when they acquired the hard-throwing right-hander from the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran back in July 2011.
The Mets defeated the Brewers on Sunday to finish the 2013 season with a 74-88 record.
Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Friday night behind Jonathon Niese.
Scott Rice begins the week having appeared in 72 games, the most in the major leagues. Rice is the 7th left-handed pitcher in Mets’ history to appear in 70 or more games in a season.
Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and lined a game-breaking three-run double Tuesday night as the New York Mets ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0.
The Mets lost to the Braves in extra innings in controversial fashion. Manager Terry Collins was ejected for arguing.
Jason Heyward was struck by a 90 mph fastball from New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning Wednesday.
There will be fresh optimism when the Mets take the field on Opening Day in 2014, thanks to the Amazin’s dynamic duo of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Citi Field will no longer be the setting of gloomy Septembers and quiet Octobers.
The Mets host the NL East-leading Braves and the AL Central-leading Tigers this week. The Mets are 6 and 7 so far this season against Atlanta, going 3 and 4 in the games played at Citi Field.
Wilmer Flores capped the Mets’ Sunday night victory in Arizona with a ninth inning home run.
Hefner says he has been dealing with a sore elbow all season but it had worsened recently.
John Ricco said before Monday night’s game in San Francisco that Jonathon Niese has been cleared to start throwing again. Shaun Marcum, however, had his right hand examined by a specialist in St. Louis and will miss his next scheduled start Saturday.