What does a switch hitting Santa Claus, a hard throwing Easter Bunny and a healthy New York Met have in common? None of them exist.
In the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese knew he had done something to his hamstring while stretching to make a catch at first base.
Unsure, if he had indeed hurt himself, Niese took a practice throw. Right after the Ohio native released the ball he fell to the mound in utter agony and had to be helped off the field. Had Niese not been taken to a local area hospital, his fall would have been quite funny. Instead, his injury is a heartbreaking tragedy.
Niese entered the rotation less than two weeks ago because of an injury to Fernando Nieve. The 22-year old has made just seven starts in his MLB career.
“An MRI this afternoon revealed a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone,” the Mets said in a statement. “He will undergo surgery for its repair. Niese is out for the remainder of the season and is expected to be ready for spring training.”
The incident is another reminder of what an awful season New York’s other baseball team is enduring. For the Mets and their fans, the “Season of Pain” can’t end soon enough.
On the bright side, the Mets did win the game, 9-0.