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Collins: Niese fine to make Friday start

Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets

Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a solo home run against Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (June 25, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

DETROIT — Jonathon Niese took part in pitcher’s batting practice Wednesday while still wearing the Holter monitor for his final heart-rate test. But as the Mets awaited the last round of results, Terry Collins sounded confident that Niese’s scheduled start Friday night against the Yankees would not be in jeopardy.

“He’s going to be fine,” Collins said. “All the indications point to that. The examinations were good. It was just one of those things. I think it was heat related, no question about it. His heart just started to race and when he got calmed down, he was fine and he’s been fine ever since.”

Niese threw his side session without a problem and Collins does not anticipate him needing any precautionary measures for tomorrow night’s start. The manager lifted him from last Saturday’s outing in Texas after 5 2 / 3 innings when Niese complained of shortness of breath on a day when the first-pitch temperature was 94 degrees at 3 p.m.

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