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Despite swollen leg, Niese to make next start

Despite swollen leg, Niese to make next start

NEW YORK -- One day after X-rays taken of his lower right leg came back negative, left-hander Jon Niese had some swelling and tightness in the area but fully expects to make his next start.

Niese, struck in the leg by a Mark Ellis comebacker on Tuesday night, plans to push back his post-start cardio workouts by a day and may also push back his bullpen session one day as well. Either way, he plans to take the mound on Sunday afternoon against the Phillies at Citi Field.

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"I certainly didn't want him to go out with a sore lower leg, then all of a sudden mess up his shoulder or something," manager Terry Collins. "So if he needs an extra day, that's no big deal."

Given Niese's initial reaction -- hopping into foul territory before sitting on the ground for several moments without even attempting to stand -- things certainly could have turned out worse.

Including Tuesday's abbreviated start, Niese is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA through five outings.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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