The Mets name Jon Niese the Opening Day starter

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Not bad for a guy who was supposed to need heart surgery this offseason:

 

Niese is coming off a year in which he went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 190 innings.

That reference to Santana, of course, is Johan, who still has no timetable for throwing off a mound and is still building up arm strength.