NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, hoping a brief rest will help fight fatigue in his shoulder.
Manager Terry Collins said before the Mets faced Texas that they had recently noticed a drop-off in the crispness of some of his pitches.
Niese missed six weeks last season with a partial tear in his rotator cuff and was sidelined this spring with shoulder weakness, but Collins insists the team is just being cautious with its most consistent starter.
"There's no discomfort, no pain like last year," Collins said. "You don't need radar guns to tell you there's something going on here."
Niese agreed with the move because he's been having trouble for about six weeks, but said this break is nothing like his DL stint last year.
"It finally caught up with me," Niese said. "It's something I can pitch through ... I think this is as good as any to take a break."
The Mets recalled reliever Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas but he's likely a placeholder for starter Dillon Gee. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 11 because of a strained right lat muscle.
Gee has made three rehabilitation starts, and Collins said Gee's readiness to start in Niese's place Wednesday factored into the decision to DL Niese.