wound up doing the splits while trying to cover first base, went to the mound to throw a practice pitch and collapsed in pain
from a season-ending hamstring tear. Another game, another injury for the
New York Mets
came in and shut down St. Louis for 4 1-3 innings, boosting the offense with a two-run triple in a 9-0 victory Wednesday over
the Cardinals. By the end of the game, Niese was at a hospital.
''An MRI this afternoon revealed a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone,'' the Mets said in a statement.
''He will undergo surgery for its repair. Niese is out for the remainder of the season and is expected to be ready for spring
missed the game, a day after spraining his left ankle when he slipped and fell in the dugout. Left fielder
, just off the disabled list last weekend, aggravated a hamstring injury while running after a sixth-inning single and came
out of the game. He didn't think it was serious.
More troubling was the latest update on shortstop
, who hasn't played since May 20.
''The MRI showed significant scar tissue and inflammation behind the right knee, related to the hamstring tendon injury, which
has caused continued pain,'' the Mets said.
Niese entered the rotation less than two weeks ago because of an injury to
. He was hurt in the second inning taking the return throw from second on
Then he threw a warmup pitch, grimaced, fell and grabbed the leg. Niese was assisted off the field by two trainers.
''Early on, he was just in a world of pain,'' Figueroa said.
Brooklyn-born Figueroa (1-2) made a spot start against Arizona on Monday, lasted just 1 2-3 innings and allowed six runs and
10 hits. He wondered whether he'd be sent back to the minors but was kept for long relief. He gave up four hits, struck out
five and walked none in his first major league win since Sept. 1 at Milwaukee.
''I feel like I made up for the last time I was out there,'' said Figueroa, who shortened his stride. ''I walked into the
game to boos and they turned to cheers very quickly.''
pitched three innings to complete the six-hitter and earn his first career save. He could be headed to the rotation.
singled, had a two-run triple and hit his second homer in four games, driving in four runs, and
hit an opposite-field, two-run homer in the first.
New York took a 5-0 lead in two innings against
, finished with 15 hits and won for just the second time in seven games.
threw a pitch near the head of Wright in the sixth, prompting plate umpire
to warn both dugouts. An inning earlier, Figueroa loaded the bases when he hit Cardinals star
near the right elbow.
''You understand it's part of the game but, you know, you do it the right way,'' Wright said. ''You hit a guy in the butt,
you hit a guy in the back.''
Thompson maintained it wasn't intentional.
''I certainly wasn't throwing at him, just trying to back him off the plate,'' he said.
Figueroa said much the same about the pitch to Pujols, who wouldn't guess intent.
''I just think they were just getting the ball in,'' said Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
, who understood why the warning was issued. ''You can't get the ball up that high. Pitching inside, that's part of the game,
but that ball was up around his head.''
Still, Mets right fielder
''You start throwing at a guy's head, you mess his career up,'' he said. ''I thought that was pretty bush.''
Cardinals center fielder
helped the Mets by allowing balls from consecutive batters to go off his glove in the three-run second. The first, on a difficult
drive by Figueroa over the drawn-in Ankiel, was ruled a triple. Ankiel had to come in for the second, scored a sacrifice fly
for Pagan plus an error.
Ankiel left during the bottom of the fourth.
''He was a little dehydrated,'' La Russa said.
Lohse (4-7) dropped to 1-7 with a 5.56 ERA in his last 11 starts, allowing five runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings. The
Cardinals have lost all but one of those outings.
''The ball kept coming up,'' Lohse said.
Francoeur slid into him covering the plate in the second.
''He got me in the jaw pretty good,'' he said. ''I was a little fuzzy there for a minute.''
NOTES: Pujols doubled his first two times up, giving him hits in six straight official at-bats - the last five for extra bases
- following an 0-for-13 slide. He grounded out in the eighth.