Jon Niese aiming to return from shoulder injury Saturday

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Scratched from his scheduled weekend start with a shoulder injury, Jon Niese threw a 39-pitch bullpen session yesterday without any problems.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Niese is hoping to avoid the disabled list and rejoin the Mets’ rotation Saturday against the Marlins, which would mean missing just one start with the injury.

Niese admitted to pitching through discomfort for multiple starts before finally being skipped, but told DiComo that even a few days of extra rest made “a night-and-day difference.”

White Sox place Avisail Garcia on disabled list with strained hamstring

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MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The club called up outfielder Daniel Palka from Triple-A Charlotte.

Garcia, 26, suffered the injury during Monday’s game against the Mariners. He is off to a slow start this season, batting .233/.250/.315 with a home run and four RBI in 76 plate appearances.

Palka, 26, has been playing well for Charlotte, batting .286/.384/.476 with three home runs and seven RBI in 73 PA.