Niese was released by the Mariners on Monday, Mike Curto of the Tacoma Rainiers broadcast booth reports. Niese appeared in nine games for Triple-A Tacoma in 2019, posting a 5.12 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with a 38:24 K:BB over 70.1 innings. He hasn't surfaced in the big leagues since the 2016 season, across stops with the Mets and the Pirates.
Niese, who's 3-1 with a 4.68 ERA over seven appearances (six starts) at Triple-A Tacoma, is a candidate to be called up and make a spot start Tuesday against the Astros in place of Yusei Kikuchi, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The veteran southpaw last took the hill for the Rainiers in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday, so he'd be on his usual amount of rest if called up. Niese's last major-league appearance came in 2016 with the Mets, a season he finished with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 121 innings.
Niese signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Niese will report to Triple-A Tacoma. The veteran right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016, when he posted a combined 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 121 innings with the Mets and Pirates.
Niese signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on Wednesday, Jordan Lauterbach of Newsday reports. The nine-year MLB veteran hasn't pitched in two seasons and last surfaced with the Rangers, who cut him in spring training prior to the start of the 2018 season. The 32-year-old had a career 4.07 ERA and collected 197 major-league starts. Niese will have to impress in the Atlantic League in order to get a chance at another major-league contract.
Niese (shoulder) was released by the Rangers on Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Niese is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks due to a shoulder strain, so it was highly unlikely that he would make the team out of camp as things stood. The Rangers opted to simply cut ties with the veteran, leaving him to rehab on his own. He'll likely need to prove he's healthy before he can land another contract. Niese didn't pitch an inning for the Rangers, but he does hold a 4.07 ERA in his nine-year big-league career.
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