Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF LAA 1 week ago

Nieuwenhuis was traded from the Mets to the Angels on Wednesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports.

Nieuwenhuis was traded for just cash, indicating the club was willing to dump him. While he was blocked from playing in New York, his role with the Angels will likely remain largely unchanged.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF LAA 2 weeks ago

Nieuwenhuis has been designated for assignment, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

This moves comes as little surprise after Darrell Ceciliani was promoted last night. Nieuwenhuis is out of options and after a solid spring training, he was just 3-for-38 this year.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF LAA 3 weeks ago

Nieuwenhuis is out of the lineup Thursday.

With a lefty on the mound for the Cubs, John Mayberry will be deployed in right field and Curtis Granderson will move to center. However, look for Nieuwenhuis to continue to get starts when the opposing pitcher is a righty while Juan Lagares (muscle strain) is out.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF LAA 3 weeks ago

Nieuwenhuis is starting in left field Sunday.

Niewenhuis has seen just 23 at bats this season and has gotten somewhat stale on the bench. After a strong spring, he is just 2-for-23 as the main lefty pinch-hitter off the bench and occasional starter. Nieuwenhuis gets a chance Sunday to boost those stats and possibly show he deserves more playing time.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF/CF LAA 1 month 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 LAA 2 months 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 LAA 3 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 LAA 3 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 LAA 4 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 LAA 8 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.