Collin McHugh was yesterday’s starting pitcher for the Mets because Jon Niese was skipped in the rotation because of shoulder tendonitis.

Manager Terry Collins said yesterday that he doesn’t expect Niese to miss another start.

"I have no reason to think he won’t (make his next start)," Collins said. "He was feeling a lot better yesterday and he’s feeling a lot better today."

Collins said he won’t know for sure until Niese throws his scheduled bullpen sessions Tuesday.

Niese was scratched after having his shoulder bother him during his last four starts. He was unable to throw bullpen sessions at full strength and could not throw his scheduled session Wednesday.

An MRI revealed no structural damage.

Despite the recent troubles, Niese has pitched well in his last three starts. Against the Yankees on Monday, he allowed just one run in seven innings.

McHugh (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in four-plus innings. He walked three and struck out one in his first start of the season.