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If not Niese ...

9/25/2013

CINCINNATI – Jonathon Niese still could start the Mets' regular-season finale Sunday against Milwaukee, but if manager Terry Collins chooses to go with another pitcher, that is likely to be Wednesday’s starter, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka

#16 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM6
  • W2

  • L3

  • BB14

  • K27

  • ERA5.52

“I’ll probably go with Daisuke,” Collins said before Wednesday’s game. “He’s one of those guys who loves to pitch. He could throw 125 pitches in a game and be ready to go three days later without being the worse for wear.”

Collins also expects third baseman David Wright to play in at least three of the four games against the Brewers and possibly all four after getting Wednesday off. Wright, on the disabled list from Aug. 3 through Sept. 19 with a strained right hamstring, has played in four of New York’s five games since being activated.

“He’s fine,” Collins said. “I’m sure he’s a little stiff. He’s done a lot of base-running. Getting your body rigid and ready to take off for 175 pitches can wear you down. I expect him to play three out of the next four. I’m not sure about all four.”

Collins hoped closer LaTroy Hawkins would be available for Wednesday’s game. Hawkins reported some soreness in his triceps on Tuesday, which is a symptom of fatigue, Collins said.