PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) _ New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese says the
discomfort he feels in his throwing shoulder probably stems from focusing too
much on strengthening his rotator cuff.

He was on the disabled list from June 21 to Aug. 11 last season with a partial
tear in his rotator cuff. Niese said Friday that “this offseason that’s pretty
much all I was working on. I neglected the other things. So everything was at an

He complained of a dead arm after throwing live batting practice early this
week and was sent to New York for an MRI. The test Thursday revealed some muscle weakness but no structural issues. Niese expects to be ready to make his second straight opening day start.

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