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Niese's pitch count elevated for second start

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ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Jon Niese will have an expanded pitch count in his start Saturday against the Angels.

"We're going to take the shackles off," manager Terry Collins said. "It will probably be around 105 pitches. He looked pretty good to 90 the other day."

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ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Jon Niese will have an expanded pitch count in his start Saturday against the Angels.

"We're going to take the shackles off," manager Terry Collins said. "It will probably be around 105 pitches. He looked pretty good to 90 the other day."

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Niese said it means he "should be back to normal soon, like every year."

He went 5 2/3 innings against Cincinnati in his season debut April 6 after missing much of Spring Training because of left elbow discomfort.

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com.

 

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