6/28/2014 8:18 P.M. ET
Mets hope Niese is part of NL All-Star staff
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- Last season, the Mets hosted the All-Star Game at Citi Field and had one of their pitchers, Matt Harvey, make the start for the National League.
Harvey hasn't pitched all season after having Tommy John surgery, but the Mets are hoping to still have a starter represent them this year in Minnesota. Jon Niese, who started on Saturday against the Pirates, is their best hope to do so.
Entering his 16th outing of 2014, Niese's 2.78 ERA ranked eighth in the NL. Niese had 69 strikeouts to 25 walks and a 1.165 WHIP in 97 innings. Twelve of Niese's 15 starts had been quality starts, including his first five in June.
Niese's 4-4 record certainly doesn't stand out, but Mets manager Terry Collins pointed out Harvey had seven victories at the All-Star break last season.
"Last year the game was in New York, I get it. And Matt didn't have as many wins, but he certainly deserved to be out there for what he did," Collins said. "I think Jon Niese is similar. Every time he goes out there he gives you seven quality innings."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Wright has bruised rotator cuff; DL unlikely
PITTSBURGH -- An MRI on Saturday revealed a bruised rotator cuff in the left shoulder of star third baseman David Wright, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said. The team doesn't anticipate Wright will go on the disabled list, and he will have his shoulder looked at again on Monday.
"They're going to give him a couple of days rest, re-examine him Monday, give him some anti-inflammatories and go from there," Ricco said after the Mets' 5-3 win against the Pirates on Saturday.
Wright was scratched from the lineup Friday after saying that, on Thursday, he had reaggravated a shoulder issue he first started dealing with about three weeks ago. He decided he could not play while meeting with trainers before Friday's contest.
In Wright's absence, the Mets are left with just four true infielders on their roster, but Ricco said they didn't plan on making any roster moves. Mets manager Terry Collins said there are a few tweaks they could make if one of the infielders needs to leave a game in which Wright isn't available, including moving outfielder Eric Young Jr. to second base.
Wright, a seven-time All-Star, is hitting .277 this season with six homers, 41 RBIs and a .729 OPS. He had the MRI in New York and will stay there at least until his Monday re-examination, as the Mets close out a four-game series in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Though it was an issue for three weeks, Collins applauded Wright, 31, for knowing when it was time to take the next step and miss a few games to get it looked at.
"He is such a competitive guy, and I think he's learned from [stints on the disabled list] last year and three years ago, that you got to say something," Collins said. "My players have a voice here, but my only issue with David is he had to get this looked at before he gets back out there."
• Hot-hitting catcher Travis d'Arnaud was held out of the lineup on Saturday. d'Arnaud was promoted from Triple-A earlier in the week and had a hit in all four games since he's been back.
d'Arnaud had a career-best three knocks against the Pirates on Friday and has a .375 average and three RBIs since rejoining the Mets. Anthony Recker was behind the plate for New York on Saturday, as the team played an afternoon game after an 11-inning affair on Friday night.
• The Mets announced their July 4 fireworks show will have a "Patriotic songs" theme this year. The fireworks will take place after the Mets host the Rangers on Friday night at Citi Field.
• The Mets and Pirates were wearing Negro League uniforms Saturday as a part of Pittsburgh's Heritage Celebration. The Mets were wearing blue and orange Brooklyn Royal Giants threads, while the Pirates donned the red and white uniforms of the Pittsburgh Crawfords.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.