Mets activate Jon Niese, option Jeremy Hefner to Vegas

Posted: August 11, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets have activated LHP Jon Niese from the disabled list. To make room for Niese the Mets have optioned Jeremy Hefner to Las Vegas.

Hefner had been 0-2 with an ERA over 9 in five starts since the All- Star Break.


Jeremy Hefner has struggled badly since the All- Star Break

This allows the Mets to stay in the five man rotation which didn’t seem to be what the Mets wanted to do a few days ago. Hefner has been dealing with pain in his right elbow so he will fly to New York and get an MRI.

If there is anything structurally wrong, Hefner will go on the DL, if not he will go to Triple A until rosters expand in September. Hefner was great for a while but really regressed over the past few weeks. Hefner says he has been dealing with this elbow injury since Spring Training so I don’t think it has affected him that much unless it has gotten progressively worse since then.

Sandy Alderson would have liked to keep the 6 man rotation but there aren’t any logical candidates to be called up since Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are also on innings limits.

This is a big stretch for Niese. The Mets need him to prove that he is a top to mid rotation starter. Niese was very inconsistent before getting hurt a few months ago. Remember Niese actually was the Mets opening day starter this year. That seems like an eternity ago.


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