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Morning Briefing: Late show in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. FIRST PITCH: The Mets attempt to bounce back from an extra-inning loss when Jonathon Niese makes his second start of the season Saturday. Niese (0-1, 3.18 ERA) should be free to throw as many as 105 pitches. He opposes right-hander Jered Weaver (0-2, 6.00) at 9:05 p.m. ET. With the Mets having the DH available, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both are expected to start. Saturday’s news reports: • Jeurys Familia loaded the bases with a pair of one-out intentional walks, then plunked Hank Conger to force in the winning run as the Angels beat the Mets, 5-4, in 11 innings late...

Niese looks good, but takes the loss

NEW YORK -- If there is such a thing as a feel-good loss, that applies to Jonathon Niese's outing on Sunday. Niese was on the hook for the New York Mets' 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. But he pitched well and pain-free, which could be considered a victory in itself. In 5 2/3 innings, Niese gave up two runs on six hits -- all singles -- with four strikeouts and one walk. "I felt good," Niese said. "It felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty well.

Morning Briefing: Welcome back, Jonathon

NEW YORK FIRST PITCH: Jonathon Niese makes his first start of the season on Sunday, as the Mets go for a sweep of the Reds and try to climb back to .500 at 3-3. Niese was supposed to start on Opening Day, but was pushed back after receiving a cortisone shot because of inflammation in his left elbow. Alfredo Simon will get the ball for Cincinnati, making his first start since 2011, when he was a member of the Orioles. He has spent the past two seasons as a reliever for the Reds, going 6-4 with a 2.

After short stay, Flo now Vegas shortstop

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after Saturday's 6-3 walk-off win against the Cincinnati Reds. That cleared the roster spot for Jonathon Niese to be activated from the disabled list to start Sunday's series finale. Wilmer Flores #4 2BNew York Mets 2014 STATS GM1 HR0 RBI0 R0 OBP.000 AVG.000 Niese has made two minor-league starts since receiving a cortisone injection in his right elbow. He expects to be able to throw as many as 95 pitches Sunday.
Newark Star-Ledger Apr 2, 2014

Mets' Jonathon Niese ready for first start of regular season with injury-filled spring 'behind' him

Left-hander will make regular-season debut Sunday at Citi Field against Reds

Niese tunes up for Sunday start vs. Reds

NEW YORK -- Jonathon Niese appears ready to return from the disabled list Sunday to face the Cincinnati Reds. Niese logged 4 2/3 innings in a minor-league intrasquad game Tuesday night in Port St. Lucie, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out four. It marked Niese's second time pitching against minor-league competition since receiving a cortisone injection in his pitching elbow to alleviate inflammation.
Newsday Mar 27, 2014

Jonathon Niese feels 'amazing' after painless outing

Mets lefthander Jonathon Niese gained a measure of reassurance Thursday when he tossed 41/3 scoreless innings in a minor-league game against the Cardinals.

Niese feels 'amazing' in return to game

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Ten days after Jonathon Niese was forced to leave a Grapefruit League game with elbow discomfort, the southpaw was back in a game Thursday. And after tossing 4 1/3 solid innings against St. Louis Cardinals A-ball players on a back field, Niese suggested his health woes appear behind him. Niese had receive a cortisone injection last Monday to address inflammation in the elbow. He threw 57 pitches in a scoreless effort Thursday, surrendering three hits and a walk while striking out three.

Niese returns to mound, eyes April 6 return

Adam RubinDan Warthen watches Jonathon Niese throw off a mound Monday for the first time since the southpaw received a cortisone injection last Monday.PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jonathon Niese threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Monday in the rain and continues to eye April 6 for his return from a season-opening disabled-list trip. Niese was throwing off a mound for the first time since receiving a cortisone injection last Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to address inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Niese to test elbow with Monday bullpen

Jonathon Niese #49 SPNew York Mets 2013 STATS GM24 W8 L8 BB48 K105 ERA3.71 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Monday will be a major step in proving Jonathon Niese is healthy. Niese is scheduled to throw a bullpen session. It will come a week after his visit to the Hospital for Special Surgery, during which he received a cortisone injection in his pitching elbow to address inflammation. The hope is that Niese makes minor-league starts Thursday as well as five days later and comes off the disabled list to face the Cincinnati Reds on April 6 at Citi Field.

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