No shocker here, but the Mets officially have placed Jon Niese on the 60-day disabled list. He will undergo surgery on his completely torn right hamstring.
To take his spot on the roster, Elmer Dessens has been recalled.
Here is the Mets release:
The New York Mets today announced that they placed lefthanded pitcher Jonathon Niese on the 60-Day Disabled List with a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone. Niese will undergo surgery this afternoon at The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and will be out for the remainder of the 2009 season. In addition, the Mets selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Elmer Dessens from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League to complete the team’s 25-man roster. The righthander will wear uniform #64 and is expected to be available for tonight’s game in San Diego.
Dessens was 3-2 with 11 saves and a 2.31 ERA (nine earned runs / 35.0 innings pitched) in 27 games with Buffalo. Over his 35.0 innings, he scattered nine runs, earned, 26 hits with nine walks and 28 strikeouts. This is the second time this season that the 38-year-old reliever will join the Mets, after his contract was selected on June 22. In nine games with New York, Dessens tossed 12.1 innings, allowing five runs, earned, and nine hits with five walks and six strikeouts. He posted an 0-0 record with a 3.65 ERA and allowed only two of his 10 inherited runners to score, before being designated for assignment on July 30.
Over his 13 major league seasons, the 5-11, 200-pound hurler is 48-62 with a 4.55 ERA (560 earned runs / 1107.0 innings) while playing for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Arizona, Los Angeles (NL), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Atlanta in addition to the Mets.