Niese starts long-tossing in St. Lucie

Jonathon Niese

Jonathon Niese

#49 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM14
  • W3

  • L6

  • BB33

  • K49

  • ERA4.32

PITTSBURGH -- Jonathon Niese has started the process of working back from a rotator cuff injury after getting cleared to begin tossing a baseball at the beginning of the week.

Niese is currently long-tossing in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Terry Collins said. That builds up arm strength before stepping on a mound.

Niese eventually will need minor league rehab starts before returning to the Mets.

Carlos Torres will plug a rotation spot at least until Niese returns.