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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mets Injury Update: Jon Niese exits with elevated heart rate

By on 9/27/2014 08:30:00 AM

New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese was forced to abandon a strong start on Friday when he experienced a recurrence of the elevated heart rate that has troubled him in the past. ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Niese left after 5 1/3 innings when the issue became too much to pitch through, but it did subside following his exit. While it sounds alarming, Niese seemed unconcerned, telling Rubin that he's unlikely to take any preventative measures given the low frequency of the problem:

"Once every two years, I'll take that," he said. "It just happens. If it happened on a more regular basis, I'd probably do something about it."
Rubin notes that Niese left games in both 2011 and 2012 with the problem, but this is the first time it has happened since the start of 2013. The lefty would have been able to go much deeper into the game on Friday had it not been for the heart issue, throwing just 66 pitches to get 16 outs. Rubin says that Niese could have a heart procedure called ablation, although doctors told him it was not necessary.

Niese will end the season with a 3.40 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 187 2/3 innings. While he has made a trip to the DL for a shoulder strain, the left-hander has been relatively durable and made 30 starts for the third time in his career. While it seems this heart issue may crop up again during a start, Niese's comments suggest that it's perhaps not as worrisome as it might sound.

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