On April 23, Niesen suffered a concussion after getting hit by a throw down to second by Luke Montz. Niesen would miss a month of action before returning on May 26. Here is the video of the scary incident. Niesen would also go on to pitch for the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL. You can follow Eric on twitter @ericniesen
MD: Let's start with the freak injury that you suffered. How are you feeling now, and talk about recovering from the concussion.
EN: I am feeling good now. Recovering from a concussion was a very odd experience. It's one of those things where you think you are fine, but to everyone else something is definitely off. I myself just count my blessings that i made it through healthy and alive, because you never know with head injuries. God was definitely watching over me.
MD: What sort effects do you believe the injury had on your season's results?
EN: Missing time due to injury was a setback, especially during the season. Anytime you miss that much time you're going to have a tough time getting into the grove again. The injury if anything just took away time to learn and get better ,but the results were due to more mechanic things i changed more then anything .
MD: Your walk total was abnormally high in 2010. Can you put your finger on what caused your walk rate to spike this season?
EN: My arm path went array for some reason in 2010. It was not an intentional change, but something that was picked up on near the end of the season and was corrected in instructional league and the fall league. It was a major success in correcting it.
MD: You have been with the Mets organization for 4 years now and have been a starter up until the second half of 2010. Talk about that transition, and how did that decision come about?
EN: Anytime you switch a role it will take a little getting used to at first. I did welcome the change, I myself love pitching out of the pen in big situations. I know the main object is to get to the point and position to help the big league club and whatever allows me to do that I am all for.
MD: With your transition to the bullpen, is this going to be your long-term role in the organization, or do you see a return to being a starter?
EN: Whatever is needed of me to help the team win I will do. I can do them both so whatever is asked of me or needed from me is up to them. They tell me go pitch in the 9th or to start a game or get a lefty I am there to get the job done.
MD: Talk about you Arizona Fall League experience, and how it helped your development moving forward.
EN: It was awesome, I had a long season with the inconsistency of throwing strikes and to be able to fix the mechanic flaws in the fall league was a great achievement.
MD: I have seen your numerous Bible verse posts on twitter, talk about how your faith has helped you throughout your baseball career.
EN: My Faith and relationship with Jesus has been my cornerstone. I just always believe in God's will for my life. He gave me this tremendous talent and skill for a reason. That reason I believe is to spread the love of Jesus and the salvation he offers us. There is always plenty of challenges, and tough roads in a baseball players career. Without his guidance he offers in his word through the bible any man can lose his way. The Lord has helped me to keep my paths straight and remind me of what is really important, and that is his kingdom.
MD: How has your off-season gone, and how have you prepared for the upcoming 2011 season?
EN: Well, besides the cold weather in Michigan it has been great. I always pride myself on being in the best shape possible when arriving to spring training. I really focused on my mechanics as well this off season to keep that arm slot in the spot I want it.
MD: Lastly, what do you see for yourself in 2011?
EN: I see myself giving my best day in and day out in 2011. I will do my best to get better on a daily basis and use that to get to the point where I can be a big help to the big league club. That is always the goal to help the New York Mets win at the big league level.