"You've done this before with such an injury, and you've re-injured something else," manager Terry Collins said he told Niese. "You can't go out there until we make sure you don't have a broken rib. We can't have you have a punctured lung. So I just said, 'Jon, I can't let you continue.'
"That's one of the things I like about Jon Niese. He's really become that tremendous competitor."
Right-hander Carlos Torres was the first reliever to get the call, and he posted 4 2/3 innings of two-run baseball.
"Not much to say other than I'm fine," said Niese. "I felt like I was cheated there a little bit. I knew it was just a bruise, and ... I wanted to stay in there.
"Carlos did a great job coming in and shutting [them] down. Everybody else coming in ... It's fun to watch."
Niese has now allowed no more than three earned runs in each of his 17 starts this season.
Tim Healey and Jake Kring-Schreifels are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.