It’ll be all Jon Niese all the time today, as the 21-year-old lefty makes his big-league debut tonight against the Brewers and their LHP Manny Parra (10-6, 4.00).
7 Reyes, SS
6 Evans, LF
5 Wright, 3B
15 Beltran, CF
21 Delgado, 1B
17 Tatis, RF
3 Easley, 2B
40 Cancel, C
49 Niese, LHP
Here’s who the Brewers will send at Niese:
23 Weeks, 2B
7 Hardy, SS
8 Braun, LF
28 Fielder, 1B
1 Hart, RF
25 Cameron, CF
2 Hall, 3B
18 Kendall, C
43 Parra, LHP
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Carlos Beltran was just out on the field at Miller Park with a trainer. The trainer was lobbing balls over Beltran’s head, and he was testing the knee, trying to see if he could chase them down. He looked OK, but kind of had a blank look on his face.
I’ll update you on his status as soon as we hear something.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Beltran will start in center and hit cleanup. He is sore, but he said he can tolerate it.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: I’m just back from downstairs and have a bunch of updates. Here goes…
â€” Carlos Beltran (knee) ran and shagged flies around 3 p.m. He said the knee felt better. It was still sore, but not sore enough to keep him out of the lineup. “I can tolerate it,” he said. … Beltran wasn’t worried about hitting (he hasn’t hit yet), just running and going back on balls in CF. … If you’re worried about him, don’t be. He was asked three times if this was an example of him toughing it out because they are in a pennant race â€” like, would he sit if it were June. He said no. “I can play,” he said.
â€” Jose Reyes is fresher this year because he has altered his pregame routine to save his energy. I’ll have more on the difference tomorrow.
â€” Billy Wagner (elbow) feels goo after throwing 25 pitches off the mound yesterday. He was worried about his mechanics, but felt fine otherwise. Wagner will throw from a mound again, probably Thursday. The club will see him in New York and line up hitters for him to face. It is unlikely now that he will pitch for Brooklyn.
â€” John Maine (shoulder) is in Virginia and hasn’t thrown a ball, but he wasn’t supposed to. He will rejoin the club in New York.
â€” Al Reyes is here. He wasn’t in uniform for Binghamton last night. He took a flight yesterday afternoon to Milwaukee. … It still doesn’t make sense why he wasn’t here yesterday. … I asked Reyes about the condition of his arm and his velocity. He felt fine, he said, and felt his velocity was normal, although he didn’t know the gun readings.
â€” Jerry Manuel said Brandon Knight, the Olympian, was a possible long-man if something goes amiss tonight. Knight threw four innings in New Orleans on the 29th and said he was as stretched out as he needed to be. … Manuel said Knight was a real possibility out of the ‘pen after his one pre-Olympic start, but the club needed to option him because it needed bullpen help on the heels of an extra-inning game.
â€” Being young as I am, I’m not an expert on big-league debuts, but it doesn’t take Grantland Rice to notice that Jon Niese is nervous. He’s currently walking around behind the cage alone, wearing batting gloves and holding his bat. … In the pregame, Manuel hoped for six or seven innings from Niese, said he’d probably settle for five, then made the following joke about whether or not he was nervous tonight: “I’m putting this one on the organization. I’m good today.”