Subway Series Notebook: Mets’ Niese to miss next start

Jon Niese will miss his next scheduled start with shoulder tendinitis. Credit: Getty Images
Jon Niese will miss his next scheduled start with shoulder tendinitis.
Credit: Getty Images

Ivan Nova has thrown 22 2/3 innings and the case can be made the six he has tossed as a relief pitcher in the last week have been his best of the season.

Nova has struck out eight batters in those innings and allowed seven hits while throwing 59 of 84 pitches for strikes. His first appearance was a high-leverage situation in Tampa Bay on Saturday and his second appearance can be described as an innings-eating circumstance.

Nova pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning Saturday and provided the only highlight of a 9-4 loss to the Mets on Wednesday. He struck out six while allowing one run and five hits in five innings for his best line since Sept. 15, 2012 against Tampa Bay (six innings, two earned runs, four hits, eight strikeouts).

“We really liked what he did last night,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He saved our bullpen. The ability that he has, we’ve seen it. I think it’s just doing it consistently is important to him and getting back to where he was the first half of last year.”

The highlight of Nova’s performance was the eighth inning. He struck out Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada swinging all on curveballs, a pitch that has generated 24.5 percent of Nova’s 26 strikeouts this year.

“The curveball was really good,” Nova said. “Once I get ahead, I go with my curveball. That’s my strikeout pitch.”

Nova has not made a start since April 27 against Toronto when he was injured after allowing two runs and four hits in two innings.

Tejada avoids demotion, hits DL

Ruben Tejada could have been facing a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. He will not be suiting up for the Mets at least not in the next 15 days, but he also will not be taking the field in the minors.

Instead, he’ll spend his upcoming days recovering from a strained right quadriceps, the same injury that sidelined him for seven weeks last season.

The injury occurred during the ninth inning while sliding to catch a foul ball. Tejada ended a 0-for-12 skid with a first-inning single Wednesday.

Had Tejada been demoted, Omar Quintanilla would have been promoted. But since a DL stint occurred, Quintanilla joined the team anyways after posting a .331 average in the minors.

Quintanilla played 29 games for the Mets and was 5-for-14 against the Yankees for them. After leaving the Mets, he joined the Orioles and had two hits in 11 at-bats against the Yankees.

Collins said he is confident in Quintanilla’s defense and that he also might bat him leadoff against a right-handed starter. He also didn’t guarantee Tejada would reclaim the starting job, especially if Quintanilla performs well.

Niese to miss start

Jon Niese turned in his finest start of the season in Monday’s 2-1 win. It also turns out that he was pitching with left shoulder tendinitis.

To keep the problem from escalating further, the Mets have decided to skip his scheduled start Saturday afternoon against the Marlins. Niese’s next start would be June 7 against the Marlins, 10 days after he pitched against the Yankees.

Collins said the soreness has been bothering over Niese over his last three starts. During that stretch, Niese has allowed three earned runs over 20 1/3 innings.

“He was a lot sore after his last start,” Collins said. “We gave him a day off and we wanted to see how he came back yesterday. He was still sore. We had him examined this morning and soreness was still there.”

Niese underwent an MRI Thursday and no structural damage appeared. He said the discomfort started after he was pounded for eight runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings during an 11-2 loss to Pittsburgh on May 11.

Collins indicated Collin McHugh will replace Niese Saturday and emphatically stated that top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler was not a consideration.

“No, no, none, none,” Collins said of any possible Wheeler promotion.

Girardi mum on returns

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are expected to return Friday from their respective injuries after playing in a second minor-league rehab game for Double-A Trenton. But if that is happening, Girardi remained mum on the topic.

One thing that could be impacted with their returns is Robinson Cano batting second against right-handed pitching. Cano batted .341 from that spot with a .336 mark against right-handers going into last night.

“Your lineup against a right-hander could be different than against a left-hander,” Girardi said. “We could keep him in the two-hole as well. The one thing about Robby Cano is you want him to have as many at-bats as possible. That’s the bottom line. It’s very possible we could keep him there.”

Yankees notes …

» The Yankees announced 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui will be honored before their July 28 game with Tampa Bay, which was scheduled as their 55th home game of the regular season. Matsui will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Yankees and officially announce his retirement with his parents in attendance.

Matsui was also recently honored by the Yomiuri Giants — whom he played for 10 seasons from 1993-2002 — in a ceremony at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on May 5. During the event, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented Matsui with the People’s Honor Award, the most prestigious award in Japan. It is bestowed on those who have made significant achievements in their careers and are beloved by the public.

» The Yankees said Andy Pettitte is on track to start Monday against the Indians after missing two weeks with an upper back injury.

Follow Yankees beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

National

Missouri man charged with sexually torturing five women

A Missouri man has been charged with raping and torturing five women in a St. Louis-area apartment over several years, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

Money

Second Shift: How a fashion designer makes ends…

TABii Just designer Tabitha St. Bernard tells Metro how a fashion designer makes a living in New york City.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

The Word

Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton fight over a…

Paris Hilton and Kelly Osbourne, both members of famous families and natives of the reality boom of the early aughts, should be great friends. And yet.

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.