WASHINGTON -- Jonathon Niese said the leg issue that prompted Terry Collins to pull the southpaw in the sixth inning on Sunday night was just a left-calf cramp. Niese insisted he will be fine for his next start.
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Niese said the issue began earlier in the plate appearance by Bryce Harper, which eventually ended with a walk and him getting pulled.
"I wasn't concerned," Niese said after the 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals. "I knew it was a cramp. I actually wanted to stretch it out and finish the inning, but it is what it is."
Niese said he took precautions on the humid night.
"I think the second pitch to Harper there I felt it bite on me and it got progressively worse," he said. "... It's that time of year. You've got to take care of your body. Today was tough, because it was so humid. I was crushing Gatorades and waters and still cramping up. I don't see it to be a problem. ... I think tomorrow I'll be fine."
As for his outing (5.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), Niese added: "A lot of things didn't go our way today -- a lot of broken-bat hits, groundball hits that got through the holes. That's kind of the way it goes sometimes. It can unravel in a hurry."