Niese and Hairston Land on the DL

Jon Niese and Scott Hairston were the two latest victims to catch the injury bug for the New York Mets as both were placed on the 15-day DL prior to yesterday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

The official diagnosis is right intercostal strain for Jon Niese. Scott Hairston (oblique) will land on DL before Friday's game.
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Niese originally suffered the injury on an awkward swing during his last start in San Diego, and according to the left hander, it was re-injured on a 1-2 pitch to Hunter Pence during his start Tuesday night in Philadelphia:

After [Hunter Pence] at-bat, I probably should have said something. I just tried to tough it out. Unfortunately, the pain was just lingering there. It felt really good to start off the game. During the bullpen I didn’t feel anything. The first couple of innings I didn’t feel anything. And I think when I got in that jam there where I was facing Pence, I kind of let it go. And that’s when I felt it.”

Hairston told reporters he injured his right intercostal muscle swinging at a slider away later in Tuesday’s game.

It was one of those pitches where it’s a sudden movement. Although we do as hitters take swings like that occasionally, it’s not a normal body function. It’s just one of those things where I rotated in the wrong position and I guess strained the muscle. … Right now, put it this way: I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking a swing the way it feels now.”

X-ray’s on Hairston’s ribs came back negative and according to Rubin, he is scheduled for an MRI later in the week:

Scott Hairston said an X-ray taken right after incident turned up OK. MRI when he returns to NY with team likely will be more revealing.
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*NOTES-

Mike Nickeas replaced Jon Niese on the roster and because of a double header scheduled for Monday against the Marlins it was expected that the Mets will call upon two of Miguel Batista, Pat Misch or Chris Schwinden.  However, Mother Nature may have a say about that and it’s possible only one starter will be needed.

Turns out, #Mets may not need two starters from AAA early next week. With wall of water expected, at least one rainout may occur. (Sunday?)
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