Successful surgery for Niese

Crescent-News—Defiance, Ohio—August 7, 2009

New York Mets' starting pitcher Jon Niese underwent surgery on Thursday at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York after he tore his upper hamstring tendon from the bone on Wednesday in a game at New York's Citi Field against the St. Louis Cardinals.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone for Niese, a club statement said in a story by Doug Miller of

According to Jeff Niese, Jon's dad, the surgery went according to plan and Jon is expected to make a full recovery.

"Everything went great, the surgery was a success and it went according to how the doctors had planned," said Jeff. "It's amazing what they can do in medicine today and after we (his parents) got the news I can tell you it was a little easier to breathe. I know a whole lot of prayers were answered."

"The doctors expect him to be 100 percent by spring training, although he knows there's going to be a lot of work to do once he starts rehab," added Jeff. "But the good news is that the doctors expect him to start running in six weeks."

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