ARLINGTON -- If there was any lingering doubt as to Jon Niese's health, the left-hander squelched it Sunday morning by jogging around the warning track amidst high-90s temperatures at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Though Niese will be reexamined Tuesday in Detroit after leaving Saturday's outing with a rapid heartbeat, the Mets fully expect him to make his next start.
"Nobody seems to be too concerned about it," manager Terry Collins said. "We've just got to have him looked at as a precaution."
Had the Mets considered the issue serious, they would have examined Niese more thoroughly this weekend. Instead, the team has permitted Niese to travel home to Defiance, Ohio, on Monday's off-day, before rejoining his teammates Tuesday in Detroit. Niese was originally examined Saturday by Rangers team doctors in Arlington. His next start comes Friday against the Yankees.
Chris Capuano also reported no issues this weekend after throwing his routine bullpen session, and remains in line to make his next start on Wednesday. Capuano left last Thursday's game after six innings with cramps in his right side.