Mets place starter Jonathon Niese on DL

The New York Mets have placed starter Jonathon Niese on the

disabled list and called up catcher Mike Nickeas.

Niese (11-11) has been bothered by a ribcage injury. His start

was pushed back a day until Tuesday night and he aggravated it

further during a 9-4 loss in which he allowed eight runs in

four-plus innings.

The move was made before Wednesday afternoon’s game at

Philadelphia.

The Mets have not announced who will take Niese’s spot in the

rotation.