Not bad for a guy who was supposed to need heart surgery this offseason:
Niese officially named Opening Day starter. Santana will be on DL.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) March 21, 2013
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.