"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.