Collins hopeful Niese can face Yankees on Friday



DETROIT (AP) — New York Mets manager Terry Collins is optimistic left-hander Jonathon Niese will be able to make his next start Friday after experiencing a rapid heartbeat while pitching last weekend.

Niese underwent numerous tests, including an EKG and a treadmill stress test, and was given a heart monitor to wear. Collins says he’s confident Niese is “going to be fine” and will be able to pitch without extra precautions.

Niese is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at home against the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Collins also said he talked to third baseman David Wright, out with a stress fracture in his back. Wright has swung in a pool and could be ready for rehab games in about a week.