Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Niese may skip bullpen
By Matt Ehalt
Mets lefty Jonathon Niese still plans to pitch Sunday against Philadelphia, but may skip his bullpen Thursday and instead do a light session Friday. Niese took a liner off his foot Tuesday and left in the third inning.
"I'm going to take it easy on it today," Niese said. "See how it goes tomorrow."
Niese said he's already pushed back his normal day-after cardio, and if he doesn't feel well enough to do his planned bullpen Thursday, he would then turn to what he described as a "touch and feel" session" Friday.
"It was a little tight," Niese said of his foot. "I think that was mainly because of the swelling. Once the swelling goes down it'll be fine."
In the third inning Tuesday, a comebacker hit Niese in his right foot and he left the game. Niese said Tuesday it locked up on him and he couldn't move his toes, but it ended up being just a bruise. X-rays came back negative, and manager Terry Collins said the ball hit Niese between his Achilles' tendon and ankle bone. Collins would be OK with Niese skipping his bullpen Thursday, if needed.
"If that's what he thinks, he needs an extra day, I certainly don't want him to go out with a sore lower leg and then all of a sudden mess up his shoulder or something," Collins said. "So if needs an extra day, that's no big deal."
With the bullpen having to make an early appearance Tuesday, the Mets are thin Wednesday. Collins said Robert Carson, Brandon Lyon and Jeurys Familia will get the day off after logging extended action in the 7-2 loss. Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, Scott Rice and LaTroy Hawkins are all available.
"We'll be OK," Collins said. "If Matt takes one off his shin, we got some issues."
Edgin, a lefty, has struggled lately, giving up an earned run in four straight outings, and five of the last six. In his last 6 2/3 innings, Edging has allowed 10 earned runs, including two in 1/3 innings Tuesday. Collins acknowledged there's concern about a youngster's confidence when he struggles.
"To be honest, this is the first time probably Josh has faced a down time in his brief career, where he hasn't been able to get guys out as easy as the past," Collins said. "But you know what, you got to learn how to rise above it, you got to put work in on the things that make you better.
"I think there's a little residual effect [with] this guy's 65 appearances last year at the major league level and several at the minor league level. But you got to continue to grind and can't feel sorry for yourself because the minute you do you're going to get killed. Keep playing, keep going and doing your work, your pregame sessions, and get better command, because that's how he's going to get people out."