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Mets expected to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis to majors

Apr 6, 2012, 12:29 AM EDT

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With Andres Torres headed to the disabled list because of a strained left calf, the Mets are planning to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A prior to Saturday’s game.

Nieuwenhuis is recovering from an injury himself, having been down for most of the spring with a strained oblique. That prevented him from getting much play as a candidate to fill in when it looked like both Torres and Scott Hairston might start the season on the DL. Nieuwenhuis, though, is back on the field now and he went 0-for-2 in Thursday’s Triple-A opener.

Nieuwenhuis hit .298/.403/.505 in 53 games for Triple-A Buffalo last year before suffering a torn labrum in his left shoulder and missing the second half of the season. Baseball America rates him the Mets’ No. 7 prospect.

  1. cltjump - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Just please dear Lord don’t let the Braves start out the season 0-2 against the dang Mets….

    • bbk1000 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Try 0 – 3…..

      • cltjump - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        And now 0-4, playing 4 games against the consensus two worst teams in the NL, if not baseball itself.

  2. cool10857 - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Another scrub playing for the Mets.

  3. agelardi - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Had to do a double take. A quick look made me think that was a photo of a young Gary Carter.

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