Niese scratched from 1st Grapefruit start

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jonathon Niese, who was dispatched to New York for an MRI of his left shoulder, has been scratched from his first scheduled Grapefruit League start, Tuesday against the Houston Astros at Tradition Field. Zack Wheeler instead will make that start.

Niese arrived in New York on Wednesday and underwent the MRI. The reading should be completed by noon Thursday.

The upcoming pitching schedule:

Friday vs. Nationals

Rafael Montero

Jacob deGrom

Logan Verrett

Miguel Socolovich

Adam Kolarek

Gonzalez Germen

Jeff Walters

Saturday vs. Marlins

John Lannan

Kyle Farnsworth

Vic Black

Scott Rice

Josh Edgin

Ryan Reid

John Church

Jack Leathersich

Cory Mazzoni

Sunday at Cardinals

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Jeurys Familia

Jose Valverde

Carlos Torres

Joel CarreƱo

Steven Matz

Monday at Braves

Noah Syndergaard

Tuesday vs. Astros