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Niese headed to the DL with rib cage strain

Jonathon Niese sits in the dugout after he

Jonathon Niese sits in the dugout after he was taken out of the game against San Diego. (Aug. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

The Mets placed pitcher Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled with a right intercostal strain, according to David Lennon’s Twitter page. The Mets will fill his roster by calling up Triple-A catcher Mike Nickeas.

Ronny Paulino may have broken toe, but will have more definitive X-ray before Friday's game.

Niese re-aggravated the rib-cage injury in last night’s loss to the Phillies during the third inning. He was not removed from the game until the fifth. A week earlier, Niese initially hurt himself on an awkward swing during his Aug. 16 start against the Padres, but had been cleared to face the Phillies.

Niese is 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 26 games this year.

Scott Hairston received x-rays after the game last night after he injured his left side reaching for a slider. The Mets were still waiting for the results as of late Tuesday night, but the DL looks unavoidable, according to last night’s game story.

Check back here for more updates. The Mets face the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61 ERA) is on the mound for the Mets. He will be opposed by Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24 ERA) for the Phillies. 

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