Jon Niese Named Opening Day Starter, Santana Appears Destined for DL

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Jon Niese Named Opening Day Starter, Santana Appears Destined for DL
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The Mets made official the inevitable yesterday when manager Terry Collins named Jon Niese the Opening Day starter. The assignment originally was awarded to Johan Santana, but Santana has not thrown from a mound in more than two weeks as he continues to strengthen his arm and is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

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