Niese has contusion of lower right leg...X-rays negative
New York Daily News "Whether he wanted it or not, Jon Niese has been thrust into the role of Met ace. That’s what happens when you get the nod as the Opening Day starter and then become the stopper after the team loses two in a row. Sure, it was happenstance that Niese took the mound under those circumstances against..." April 07
New York Daily News "Jon Niese walked off the mound at Tradition Field ready to go. The lefty threw 4-/3 scoreless innings against the Astros, more than expected, and walked off proclaiming himself ready for his Opening Day start Monday against the Padres at Citi Field. “I felt good. Tonight it felt like I had..." March 28
Niese officially named Opening Day starter. Santana will be on DL.
Bergen Record "It was an interesting line in the box score: Jon Niese gave up just one hit over 4 2/3 innings Monday afternoon. But he also walked four. "I want to eliminate them," Niese said after Monday’s 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Manager Terry Collins attributed the walks to..." March 12
New York Daily News "More than three weeks into a longer-than-normal spring training, all the giddy talk about the young arms, the Mets’ pitching future, is beginning to give way to the reality that the present starting rotation is full of uncertainty. And as a consequence, there is a sense that some Mets people..." March 07
New York Post "Jon Niese knows he’s not everyone’s first choice to be the Mets’ starting pitcher on April 1. “Johan [Santana] wants that Opening Day spot, so he’s working hard for it,” Niese said. “It’s his spot. If it changes, I guess I’ll welcome the opportunity.” Santana’s availability for that first..." March 07
New York Post "Jon Niese is a changed man. The transformation began near the end of 2011, when the Mets lefty began dabbling with a changeup. He entered last spring training sold on the pitch and dedicated to mastering it. By the end of 2012 it was nearly mission accomplished for Niese. “He’s getting very..." March 02