Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis cleared waivers after being DFA'd by the Brewers last week, and it appears he's accepted his assignment to Triple-A. He joins an outfield stacked with Brewers' prospects, including Lewis Brinson, Ryan Cordell, and Brett Phillips. It's unclear what Nieuwenhuis' role with the Brewers will be moving forward, seeing as there doesn't appear to be a clear path to playing time in Milwaukee's outfield any time soon.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis has been relatively ineffective to begin the season, going 2-for-25 with one home run and 15 strikeouts in limited playing time. The future is unclear for the 29-year-old outfielder, but he could be destined for a return to the minors should he clear initial waivers. Left-hander Brent Suter takes his spot on the roster.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
2 months ago

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a run scored in Thursday's victory over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis made a spot start in center field Thursday and made the most of the opportunity, reaching base three times. He has started just five games this season, but if Keon Broxton continues to struggle with the bat, he could find himself in the lineup a bit more often.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis took over in center field Thursday after Keon Broxton (nose) was hit by a pitch, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 2-1 loss to the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Broxton looks like he'll avoid a DL stint but is considered day-to-day with a small nasal fracture, so Nieuwenhius could see additional playing time this weekend while the Brewers host the Cubs. With lefty Brett Anderson taking the mound Friday, though, don't be surprised if Hernan Perez gets the nod in center instead should Broxton still be unavailable.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
3 months ago

Nieuwenhuis is set to open the regular season as the Brewers' fourth outfielder, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis entered camp as the favorite for the fourth outfield spot on the Brewers' roster, and he has locked up the job by posting a 1.138 OPS through 15 contests this spring. Nieuwenhuis hit .209 in 2016 and finished with just a .460 OPS away from home, but he also had some of the best home splits in the league, posting a .290/.397/.556 (.953 OPS) slash line in 199 plate appearances over 64 games at Miller Park.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
5 months ago

Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) is fully recovered from surgery and expects to be a full go when camp opens, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery following the 2016 season. He slashed .209/.324/.385 in 392 plate appearances over 125 games in 2016, and is expected to make the Brewers' opening day roster, though it's unlikely he would earn a starting role in a crowded Brewers' outfield.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
6 months 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.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
7 months 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.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
9 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.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF/RF FA
9 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.