The Mets announced that Jon Niese was forced to leave today's game in the third inning after injuring his right proximal hamstring. It appeared that Niese hurt himself fielding a bunt by Gaby Sanchez, either scooping the ball or on his throwing error.

A team spokesman said Niese is headed back to New York for more tests. Hisanori Takahashi replaced Niese and threw 59 pitches over three innings of relief, which knocks him out of the running to start Wednesday in Oliver Perez's rotation spot.

With Niese out for an indefinite period, however, Takahashi is now in line to start Friday's Subway Series opener against the Yankees at Citi Field.

advertisement | advertise on newsday