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Mets' Niese blames 'imbalance' for shoulder pain

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 9:25 am •  Published: February 28, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese says the discomfort he feels in his throwing shoulder probably stems from focusing too much on strengthening his rotator cuff.

He was on the disabled list from June 21 to Aug. 11 last season with a partial tear in his rotator cuff. Niese said Friday that "this offseason that's pretty much all I was working on. I neglected the other things. So everything was at an imbalance."

He complained of a dead arm after throwing live batting practice early this week and was sent to New York for an MRI. The test Thursday revealed some muscle weakness but no structural issues. Niese expects to be ready to make his second straight opening day start.