Jonathon Niese Sent Down, Nelson Figueroa Called Up by the Mets

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Jonathon Niese Sent Down, Nelson Figueroa Called Up by the Mets
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Jonathon Niese made his second major league start of the season Wednesday; the young lefty struggled against the Braves and had to be removed in the fifth. Niese allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work. Brian Stokes recorded the last out of the inning, which included stranding an inherited runner.

Niese put the Mets in a 2-0 whole to start the game; the Mets tied the score in the bottom of the first but he then allowed two more runs in the third. Fernando Tatis' grand slam gave the Mets a two-run lead that the Braves reduced to one and were threatening to tie, then Niese was pulled.

It's clear that Niese isn't ready for the majors and the Mets made the right move to send him back to Triple-A, both for his development and the team's needs.
Nelson Figueroa was promoted to replace Niese and will join the team on its West Coast trip. After today's 12-inning game, the Mets desperately need a bullpen arm that can give them innings, and that's exactly what Figgy can provide.
The Mets sent young left-hander Jonathon Niese back to Triple-A Buffalo after he struggled in today's 8-7 home loss to the Braves and called up righty Nelson Figueroa. Source: NY Post
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