NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese will begin the 2014 season on the disabled list, according to

The good news? The 27-year-old lefty is expected to make his debut during the club’s opening homestand, the website reported.

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Initially projected to be the Opening Day starter, Niese will now likely make his debut in the sixth game of the season against the Reds, according to

Niese has remarked that this year’s camp has been “the spring training from hell.” After complaining that his arm felt “dead” in February, the starter went to New York to get an MRI on his shoulder. The MRI came back clean.

Then Niese left this past Sunday’s start after just two innings when he felt discomfort in his elbow. He again traveled to New York to get another MRI, and it showed no structural damage.

In two games started this spring, Niese has surrendered six runs on nine hits in four innings, walking three and striking out one.

So with Niese now unavailable, which hurler will get the nod when the Mets kick off the season against the Nats on March 31 at Citi Field?

It’s conceivable that Dillon Gee will get the call from manager Terry Collins, with newcomer Bartolo Colon being another option.

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It’s doesn’t appear that Zack Wheeler, arguably the most talented pitcher in the rotation, is under consideration.

Beginning on the last day of March, the Mets will play three-game sets against the Nationals and Reds in Queens before hitting the road for the first time to take on the National League East-rival Braves.

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