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Mets sign left-hander C.J. Nitkowski

Jul 13, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

Here’s a blast from the past.

The Mets announced this afternoon that they have signed left-hander C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league contract, pending a physical. He’s expected to report to Double-A Binghamton.

Nitkowski, who had a tryout with the Mets back in March, broke the news via his Twitter account:

Nitkowski, now 39, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2005 as a member of the Nationals. He was with the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate in 2006 before pitching in Japan from 2007-2008 and Korea from 2009-2010. The southpaw hasn’t appeared in organized ball since then, but he underwent the same stem cell treatment as Bartolo Colon last year and has reverted to a sidearm delivery in an effort to revive his career. This should be a pretty interesting story to follow.

  1. chazzmon - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Wow talk about a reach!

  2. irishdodger - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Oh to be a left-handed pitcher.

  3. js20011041 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    He’s still alive?

  4. txraiderfan - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    If you’re left handed and have a pulse… you have a shot!

  5. gamedate15 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I remember him pitching with the rockies during their ignaugral year or somewhere during the first three seasons of existance.

  6. arrooo - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Yea, the he’ll with Fuentes, this guy is a stud. :)

  7. marcstck - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Given the state of the Mets bullpen, if he can reach the catcher from the pitchers mound he’ll probably make it to the majors…

  8. hushbrother - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    They should make him a jersey with reverse lettering so his uniform says “Stem.”

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