The poor outing snapped Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs.
Thanks to the All-Star break, he missed just one start while on the disabled list with a stiff shoulder.
"My arm felt good," Niese said after Monday's loss. "I could tell I hadn't pitched in a while. I left a lot of balls over the plate. I wasn't very consistent with my delivery. Every mistake I made they got a hit. All in all, the outcome wasn't what I wanted, but my arm feels good."
Monday's poor outing snapped Niese's streak of 21 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs.
Last year, Niese was diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff. He underwent two MRI exams in spring training, but both returned negative.
Man, he looked SO rusty, which I guess is understandable since he hasn't made a start in three weeks. It's a shame, though, because he was in such an incredible groove prior to having rest forced on him by way of the DL.
Last night, he looked nothing like the pitcher he had been since early May, as he struggled to command his cutter. What's worse, he clearly had no feel for his curve ball, because he barely threw it. Granted, the M's are really good hitting team, they grind out at bats very well, but Niese just wasn't Niese. Hopefully, he shook off dust and will feel more comfortable the next time he takes the mound...