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    New York Mets Update: Mike Pelfrey Set To Return; Niese Looking Sharp


    Mike Pelfrey has been dealing with an “unusual” strained muscle injury in his left leg.  According to Pelfrey and Mets trainers, the injury has healed itself, and the right-hander should be able to make a scheduled start on Saturday against the Washington Nationals.  Pelfrey was a nice addition to the Mets starting rotation during the 2008 MLB season.  After making 13 spot starts in 2007, Pelfrey was a mainstay as a Mets starter pitching 200 2/3 innings in 32 starts.  Pelfrey won 13 games with a solid 3.72 ERA.  He only had 110 strikeouts and his WHIP was a bit high – 1.36 – but in his first full major league season, Pelfrey was as dependable for the Mets as any other pitcher (save for Johan Santana).  The Mets will rely heavily again on Pelfrey to make consistent quality starts in 2009, so let’s hope the strained muscle doesn’t become a nagging issue for him this spring.

    In other pitching news, youngster Jon Niese is looking great in his attempt to land the Mets 5th spot in the starting rotation.    Niese pitched 4 scoreless innings on Wednesday against Mets minor league players, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk.  Pitching coach Dan Warthen and former Mets pitcher John Franco have both said that Niese’s curveball is already major league-ready.  Niese has also been working on a changeup, and if he can master that pitch this spring, he has a good shot to land the 5th spot.  Niese made 3 starts for the Mets in 2008, going 1-1 with a hefty 7.07 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.  He made one nice outing against the Atlanta Braves – 8 scoreless innings pitched, giving up just 6 hits with 7 strikeouts.


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