OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
17 hours ago

Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery following the 2016 season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nerve release surgery is an alternative to sports hernia surgery with a faster recovery time. The 29-year-old amassed 392 plate appearances across 125 games last season, though he batted just .209. His solid defense and veteran presence were enough to convince the Brewers to tender him a contract for 2017, however. He appears to be on track for the start of spring training, though the team has not officially provided a timetable for his return.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
7 days ago

Nieuwenhuis agreed to a one-year split contract with the Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old batted a lowly .209 last season, but his outstanding 14.3 percent walk rate and solid .176 ISO combined with his good defense all over the outfield made a good case for the Brewers to tender him a contract for another season. The split deal would have him making considerably less money if he gets sent back to the minors if Milwaukee chooses to kick the wheels on their younger options in the outfield, but Nieuwenhuis' versatility could work in his favor for the time being as he works to land a bench role out of spring training.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) received a pinch-hit at-bat in Sunday's regular season finale.

EDGE Analysis

A sports hernia limited Nieuwenhuis to just Sunday's at-bat over the season's final 14 games, but his participation in Sunday's contest indicates he may just need more time and rest, as opposed to surgery, to recover from his setback. Nieuwenhuis hit just .209 over 125 games with the Brewers in 2016, but he did finish with a respectable .709 OPS thanks to a .324 OBP and 32 extra-base hits, including a career-high 13 home runs.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) was diagnosed with a sports hernia and received a cortisone shot Wednesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This diagnosis certainly does not bode well for Nieuwenhuis' chances to return this season, although the outfielder is adamant that he hopes to get back on the field. He likely won't be able to play for the next few days due to the cortisone shot, but if that helps to manage the pain enough, he could find his way back in the lineup for the last few games. Things should become clearer in the coming days, though.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) had an MRI on Monday and the results looked good, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis is scheduled to see a doctor again Tuesday to examine his injury, but this is a great sign for the outfielder. He reportedly is dying to get back into action prior to the season's end, so there's a good chance that he'll reenter the fold as soon as he can. That being said, with most minor league teams done with their seasons, it'll be a bit tougher to get game-ready over the next week or so, making a timetable for his return fairly cloudy.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis was forced to leave Friday's game with an abdominal strain, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Keon Broxton also injured earlier in Friday's game, the Brewers may have to scramble to find a center fielder for the rest of the season. It's unclear how long Nieuwenhuis will be out, but abdominal strains can linger, so there's no guarantee he'll be back on the field before season's end.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis has started six straight games for the Brewers, but he'll take a seat Sunday in favor of Domingo Santana in right field. Look for Nieuwenhuis to return to the lineup early in the week, as the Brewers will be back in Miller Park where he owns a .954 OPS.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 3-1 win against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

His blast in the third inning ended up being the beginning and end of the Brewers' offense for the evening, but it was enough. He's still hitting only .214, but extended run in the Milwaukee outfield has allowed Nieuwenhuis to collect new career highs in homers (13), RBI (44) and steals (eight). Still, the lefty-hitting outfielder's fantasy utility is mostly restricted to NL-only formats.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
4 months ago

Nieuwenhuis is out of the lineup Friday against Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis had a fantastic game Thursday when he went 2-for-5 with a double, home run, and three RBI. However, he'll have the night off as Milwaukee will go with an outfield of Jake Elmore, Keon Broxton, and Domingo Santana when they face Wade LeBlanc and the Mariners on Friday evening.

OUTKirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF MIL
4 months ago

Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis entered the day slashing just .126/.263/.200 with one home run in road games, versus .293/.385/.571 with nine homers at home. However, he was able to turn around a 94-mph fastball from the NL's reigning Cy Young winner, Jake Arrieta, in the fourth inning Thursday. Nieuwenhuis' blast was his 11th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 37, both of which are career highs for the 29-year-old outfielder. He's benefited this season from a 14 percent walk rate and solid power, but his .214 average suppresses his value in most formats.