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Despite swollen leg, Niese to make next start

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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.

"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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