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Mets place left-hander Jonathon Niese on the disabled list

06/21/2013 6:28 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Jonathon Niese left Thursday's start against Atlanta after 3 1/3 innings.(AP)
The New York Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the disabled list on Friday with a partial tear of his rotator cuff, one day after he left a start in Atlanta in the fourth inning with shoulder discomfort.

Niese, who is 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA in 14 starts this season, has been battling shoulder soreness all year. He had one start skipped in late May as a result of shoulder issues.

On Friday, Mets manager Terry Collins said Niese mentioned he felt weakness in his shoulder during the fourth inning.

Niese was removed from his start after telling the skipper "my shoulder hurts" during a mound meeting.

Collins downplayed the severity of Niese's injury on Friday, but assistant general manager John Ricco confirmed that an MRI showed a slight tear. Ricco also said that surgery was not an immediate option, and that Niese will have another MRI in two weeks that the team hopes will show signs of healing.

To replace Niese on the roster, the Mets recalled right-hander Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas. The team will recall top prospect Zack Wheeler from Triple-A over the next few days to replace Niese in the rotation.

Wheeler made his Major League debut on Tuesday, June 18, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. He had been promoted as the Mets' 26th man for the twin bill. The young phenom was set to return to start on Tuesday, June 25, against the White Sox.

New York had planned to use a six-man rotation with Wheeler in the mix. But Niese's injury will like bring that plan to an unfortunate conclusion.

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