The Mets considered shutting Niese down for the year in deference to the partially torn left rotator cuff he sustained in June. But Niese made it clear that he wanted to pitch, even if the Mets would be cautious with him Sunday.
"We've got to be smart about this," manager Terry Collins said of his Opening Day starter, who is 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA since returning from the disabled list. "If he starts that game, I know he wants to win it. But I think we've got to be smart enough to say, 'Listen, there's going to be a limit on what you're going to do."