Mets LHP Niese cleared to resume throwing
Niese underwent a MRI and an examination by team physician Dr. David Altchek on Monday in New York, and the Mets said the left-hander does not have ligament damage. Niese will wait 48-to-72 hours before he resumes throwing.
Niese has a 13.50 ERA in two exhibition games; he left his start Sunday against St. Louis after two innings due to elbow discomfort.
The scan was Niese's second of spring training. An MRI in late February revealed a weakened scapula muscle but no structural issues.
Niese is likely to start the season on the disabled list, and Mets manager Terry Collins has said Bartolo Colon probably will be New York's opening-day starter.
Because of Niese's injury, Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan probably will make the opening-day roster.