Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 1 week ago

Nieuwenhuis is starting in left field Sunday, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

Nieuwenhuis is giving Michael Cuddyer a day off. With the off-day Monday, manager Terry Collins could have easily played Cuddyer, but he has opted to give him an extra's rest early in the season to keep him fresh while giving Nieuwenhuis some at-bats.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 3 weeks ago

Nieuwenhuis will be the only left-handed hitter off the bench for the Mets to start the season.

The Mets have opted to go with four bench players initially, meaning that Nieuwenhuis will likely be saved for late-game situations. He will also see playing time against some righties, but his main role will be as a pinch-hitter and occasional defensive replacement at both corners.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored Sunday.

Nieuwenhuis is making a strong early case to come north with the parent club as a fourth outfielder. His playing time likely will get capped by the presence of the three starters, with most of his action coming as a spot-starter against righties and as a pinch-hitter.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 with a run scored and driven in during the Mets' first spring training game Wednesday.

Nieuwenhuis is battling Eric Campbell, Matt den Dekker and Cesar Puello to come north with the parent club when the regular season opens. He would seem to have the inside track since has the most experience and has shown he can come off the bench as a solid pinch-hitter. In addition, Nieuwenhuis had an .855 OPS against righties last season, and is out of options, meaning he would have to pass through waivers to get sent back to Triple-A; additional factors that could give him the edge.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis may have the inside track to break camp as one of the Mets' two backup outfielders, Newsday reports.Nieuwenhuis will battle Eric Campbell, Matt den dekker and Cesar Puello to come north with the parent club when the regular season opens. Nieuwenhuis has the most experience, shown he can come off the bench as a solid pinch-hitter and had an .855 OPS against righties, against whom Juan Laggers struggles at times. In addition, and possibly more important, he is out of options, so he would have to pass through waivers to get sent back to Triple-A.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 7 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (illness) is expected to remain in the hospital for the next few days, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Nieuwenhuis is dealing with an infection that kept him out of the final two games of the season. He continues to undergo tests, and it remains unclear when he'll be released from the hospital.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 7 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (illness) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

Nieuwenhuis is dealing with an infection that has kept him hospitalized, and will continue to undergo more tests. Manager Terry Collins wouldn't go into much detail on the situation, but look for the Mets to update his condition later in the week. The outfield for Sunday's season finale will be composed of Matt den Dekker, Curtis Granderson and Bobby Abreu.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 7 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (illness) remains out out of the lineup Saturday against the Astros.

With just one game left this season, Nieuwenhuis may not play again in 2014. Eric Young, Jr. will get the start in left field Saturday.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 7 months ago

Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Astros.

Nieuwenhuis was replaced in the lineup by Eric Young Jr., who will bat in the leadoff spot. It's unclear what caused him to be scratched, but it could be related to the kidney stone issue that caused him to miss some time late last week.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF NYM 7 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (kidney stone) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Braves.

Nieuwenhuis missed the first two games of the series after passing a kidney stone on Thursday, but will get the starting nod in center field Sunday afternoon. With Juan Lagares (elbow) currently without a timetable for return, Nieuwenhuis should see a slight uptick from his regular reps over the Mets' final six games. The 27-year-old outfielder is slashing a modest .242/.342/.455 on the season.