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Jon Niese insisted he feels healthy, despite giving up six runs in six innings, including two home runs, in a loss to the Nationals late Wednesday night.

He is 0-for-4 with a 5.76 ERA since missing a start on the DL with shoulder soreness.

Niese said improper pitching mechanics caused the initial shoulder pain, so he has since made further adjustments.

However, he added, "Now, I just have to figure out how to locate my pitches."

His release point is all over the place, which you can see here. The velocity on his fastball is fine, but he seemingly has very little command over what it's doing, not to mention what is happening to his curve ball. This is serious a concern. He was cruising before the trip to the DL, which he did not seem happy about having to do, by the way. I assume he wanted to work on it in games, while the Mets preferred he rest, so not to cause any damage, figuring he could find himself during bullpen sessions. However, that plan doesn't seem to be working very well. I hope he and Dan Warthen can get him back to feeling comfortable and confident, because right now he's looking and sounding like a left-handed version of Mike Pelfrey.

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