Jon Niese’s rapid heartbeat will not cause him to miss a start

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As we mentioned this morning, Mets starter Jon Niese left Sunday’s game after six shutout innings due to dizziness and a rapid heartbeat. This is the second time that has happened in two seasons.  But, as Adam Rubin reports, the doctors say Niese can make his next start:

Based on my minutes and minutes of Internet research, this would presumably involve small incisions and endoscopes to deliver electricity to the heart to — warning: technical term — schnootzie it back into proper speed and rhythm and shouldn’t be particularly invasive.

And for those of you questioning my medical reportage here, know this: My diagnosis never fails, I know just what to do/ Whenever anybody ails, I’m sympathetic too/ My heart within me melts, [his heart within him melts]/ No matter what I treat them for, they die from something else.

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.