New York Mets Opening Day starter given MRI results

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The New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese has been cleared to resume throwing in the next few days, reports ESPN.

Niese, who is expected to be the Opening Day starter for the Mets, was sent from their spring training camp to New York after complaining of a pain in his shoulder.

To the relief of many, the MRI scan showed up no damage to the affected area and Niese has been cleared to return to training.

"I wanted to keep it quiet. It's just a precautionary thing to make sure it's not worse from last year," Niese told "I just want peace of mind."

News of pain in his shoulder brought back bad memories for Mets fans, who saw the 27-year-old placed on the disabled list last June with a partial tear in his left rotator cuff. 

That injury kept Niese out until August 11. He went  8-8 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 starts in 2013.

He was the Mets' Opening Day starter last season and had been rumoured to be pencilled in for the tole once against against the Washington Nationals on March 31.

Manager Terry Collins confirmed Niese's shoulder flared up during a batting practice session.

"Batting practice started and he felt fine," Collins said. "And then he threw his second 20 pitches the other day. He just said at the end of it, 'Geez, my arm's just dead. Like, it's dead.' "

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