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Jonathon Niese planning on making next start

Jonathon Niese reacts after giving up an RBI

Jonathon Niese reacts after giving up an RBI single to the Dodgers' Justin Sellers in the second inning of a game at Citi Field. (April 23, 2013) Credit: Mike Stobe

A few notes before the undefeated Matt Harvey faces the Dodgers:

-- Lefthander Jonathon Niese said he's on track to make his next scheduled start on Sunday. Niese left his start on Tuesday when he took a comebacker off his lower right leg, leaving him with what the team called a contusion. Niese may push his normal bullpen back to Friday, and he might throw an abbreviated session, though he still intends to pitch on Sunday against the Phillies.

-- Righthander Shaun Marcum said he expects to be capped at about 90 to 95 pitches when he makes his season debut on Saturday. "It's been frustrating, that's for sure," said Marcum, who has been sidelined since the middle of March with neck and shoulder issues. Marcum said he has bounced back fully from nerve inflammation in his neck -- his most recent setback.

-- The starting lineups as Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) attempts to become the first Mets pitcher to win his first five decisions since Pedro Martinez in 2006:


Skip Schumaker LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Nick Punto SS
Ted Lilly LHP


Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
John Buck C
Ike Davis 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Lucas Duda LF
Juan Lagares CF
Matt Harvey RHP

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