Jonathon Niese will be put on the Disabled List, possibly today, with a pulled rib cage muscle. Niese originally sustained the injury in his previous start, which causes his start against the Phillies to be pushed back to last night. Niese re-injured it last night while pitching to Hunter Pence early in the game. He finished up after allowing eight runs on ten hits in four innings.
Well, that’s a real bummer. I was hoping that this would be a development year for Niese, one where he could work through a “Sophomore Slump.” Now, with this injury, he may be out until mid-September, if you include rehab. There is one positive aspect of this, however. Young pitchers are often plauged by arm troubles after pitching too many innings. Niese has pitched only 157.1 innings so far this season. This injury means he won’t make it to 190 or 200 innings, and he can save his arm for next year. What’s the point of a young pitcher throwing 200 innings if his team isn’t in contention? It’s sad to see Niese hurt, but it will save his arm from going through the tough stretch in September, a time where he would likely face fatigue.