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9 Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/226 | Birthdate: 8/7/1987 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: Azusa Pacific | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/1667064.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Mets outright Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) The Mets outrighted outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. The Mets reclaimed Nieuwenhuis on waivers from the Angels, who acquired Nieuwenhuis in a trade with the Mets on May 27.

Report: Mets reunite with OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) The Mets have claimed outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis off waivers on Saturday, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports.

The Mets traded Nieuwenhuis to the Angels on May 27 for cash after he opened the season hitting an abysmal .079. The team designated him for assignment and ended up finding a trade partner in the Angels.

Nieuwenhius hit .136 in 10 games for the Angels.


Angels' Nieuwenhuis designated for assignment Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Angels outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot for infielder Kyle Kubitza.

Nieuwenhuis was picked up in a trade with the Mets after he was designated for assignment in mid-May. He hit just .136 with one RBI, two doubles and four runs in 10 games with Los Angeles.


Angels add OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Alfredo Marte to active roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) The Angels added outfielders Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Alfredo Marte to the 25-man roster on Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Nieuwenhuis was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday and will take the spot of Collin Cowgill, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. He went just 3 for 38 with the Mets before being designated for assignment then traded.

"He's got to get started with seeing some major-league pitching," manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "That's the only way you're going to eventually hit major-league pitching is to see major-league pitching. So the quicker we can start that process, hopefully the quicker he'll be productive."

Marte is being added to both the 25-man and 40-man rosters, with the team designating Marc Krauss for assignment. The outfielder hit .343/.401/.540 with four home runs, 32 RBI and three stolen bases in 137 at-bats with Triple-A Salt Lake.


Mets trade outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) The Mets have traded outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels. New York will receive cash considerations.

Mets assistant general manager John Rico previously made it known that the team was actively shopping Nieuwenhuis. If the team would have failed to find a suitor for Nieuwenhuis, it would have passed him through waivers.

"It's a nice piece to add to the group," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said to the Orange County Register. "Give him an opportunity to see if his physical ability, his athletic ability, his minor league performance will translate, like we’ve done with some other guys."

Nieuwenhuis has three hits in 38 at-bats this season.


Report: Mets still looking to trade Kirk Nieuwenhuis


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Mets are reportedly still looking for a trade partner for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis , according to ESPN.

Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last week and will become a free agent on Wednesday if the team cannot find a deal for him. Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 38 this season in New York.


Mets assistant GM: Team is shopping Kirk Nieuwenhuis around


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said his team is exploring its options when it comes to the possibility of trading outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis before passing him through waivers, per ESPN.

"Whenever you designate a guy, you kind of look around," Ricco said.

Niewenhuis, who was designated for assignment on May 19, has just three hits in 38 at-bats this season.


Mets designate outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) The Mets have officially designated outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment on Tuesday, the team announced. Nieuwenhuis struggled as the team's fourth outfielder, collecting just three hits in 38 at-bats this season. 

In a corresponding move, the team has officially promoted fellow outfielder Darrell Ceciliani . Ceciliani was the team's fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft. In 37 games at Triple-A this season, he was batting .336 with five home runs, 17 RBI and six stolen bases. 


Mets CF Juan Lagares (side) remains out of lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) As expected, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs. Lagares will miss the start for the second straight game, as he is battling some soreness on his right side. He could come in as a pinch-hitter, but likely only in the case of an emergency.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is once again filling in at center while batting seventh for manager Terry Collins. It is possible that Lagares returns to the lineup on Thursday, but the team has not provided an update on his status.


Mets' Curtis Granderson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis return to the lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs, the team announced.

Granderson got the day off on Monday after starting six consecutive games in right. Nieuwenhuis will make his fifth start of the season in center, giving Juan Lagares a day off. He is hitting .111 in 27 at-bats this season.

The Mets are currently the underdogs (+130) against Chicago.


Mets' Michael Cuddyer sits, Daniel Murphy bats third Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.

Cuddyer has made nine straight starts while batting cleanup in each, but first baseman Lucas Duda will fill the cleanup role Sunday, with third baseman Daniel Murphy moving to the No. 3 spot in the order. Kirk Nieuwenhuis draws his first start in 10 games in place of Cuddyer.

The Mets are road favorites (-150) in Philadelphia Sunday.


Mets put Michael Cuddyer at DH, Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Mets start their first DH of the season with an interleague game at Yankee Stadium. 

Michael Cuddyer gets the call at DH, batting cleanup. Cuddyer has a scrape on the inside of his arm, from a slide into home on Thursday night, per ESPN

With Cuddyer out of the field, Kirk Nieuwenhuis gets his second start of the season in left field, hitting ninth in the lineup. 


Mets' Michael Cuddyer, Wilmer Flores out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer and shortstop Wilmer Flores are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Marlins.

It's just the second time on the bench this season for both players. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will bat seventh and play left field, while Ruben Tejada will bat eighth and play shortstop. The break for both starters comes even though the team is also off Monday.

"You've just got to understand that we've still got 150 to go, and we need those guys to stay as healthy as you can," manager Terry Collins said before the game, per ESPN New York.

The Mets are heavy favorites (-200) against the Marlins Sunday.


Report: Mets to go with four-man bench; Eric Campbell likely snubbed


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Mets are expected to go with an eight-man bullpen and a four-man bench, snubbing Eric Campbell from an Opening Day roster spot, according to ESPN.

Campbell hit .255 (14 for 55) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI in 24 Grapefruit League games. The four-man bench will include Ruben Tejada, John Mayberry Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Recker.

Meanwhile, the eight-man bullpen will include Rafael Montero, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, Jenrry Mejia, Alex Torres, Carlos Torres, Sean Gilmartin, and Buddy Carlyle .


Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis ripping through spring training pitching


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is fighting for a spot in New York's outfield. If he keeps swinging a hot bat, manager Terry Collins will have a tough decision to make, reports NJ.com. Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 Sunday with a double.

"He's just swinging very good," Collins said. "He came in with a determination to be the fourth outfielder here. He certainly realizes that his importance is to play all over the outfield and to come off that bench in big situations because, as we've said before, you look at the eighth and ninth inning pitchers in our division - they're all right-handed. We're going to need his bat."


Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis starts spring campaign with four hits


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis had four singles in four at-bats during Wednesday's spring opener against the Braves. He added one RBI and one run.

Nieuwenhuis is competing for a spot on the Mets' bench as a reserve outfielder.

"I thought he had a good day," manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "It's good for him. He's fighting for a big spot on this club. He's out of options so it's nice to see him have a big day."


Mets' Nieuwenhuis, den Dekker competing for roster spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Mets left-handed hitters Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker will be battling for one roster spot this spring, MLB.com reports.

While Nieuwenhuis is out of options, manager Terry Collins indicated that den Dekker has responded to the team's request that he reduce his strikeouts when sent to Triple-A last season.

"We'll just see how it translates this spring into what kind of an offensive player he can be," Collins said of den Dekker. "We know he's got the defensive skills."

Collins said that whichever outfielder shows the most promise will make the initial 25-man roster.

"He plays the game right. He's fearless," Collins said of Nieuwenhuis. "But right now, we've got to get some offense from one of those two guys. Which one of those two guys is going to be able to come off the bench as a pinch-hitter? The best closers in our division are all right-handed, so the left-handed hitter off that bench is going to be a big piece."


Kirk Nieuwenhuis to stay in the hospital longer


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/29/2014) Updating an earlier report, Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to remain in the hospital the next few days while undergoing tests related to the infection he contracted, reports Newsday.

Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to be released from hospital Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was hospitalized Saturday due to an infection, is expected to be discharged Tuesday, according to ESPN. The belief is that the infection was related to kidney stones.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (illness) is out of the lineup as expected for Sunday's season finale against the Astros.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Astros.

Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Friday's lineup with an illness, and he is in the hospital with an infection, Newsday reports. The outfielder is expected to stay in the hospital overnight. He has hit .255/.347/.481 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 106 at-bats.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis scratched due to illness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched due to illness Friday.

Nieuwenhuis is hitting .255/.347/.481 over 106 at-bats. Matt den Dekker will replace Nieuwenhuis in the starting lineup.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis ready to return for finale


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) After missing the last two games, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was in the Mets' starting lineup for Sunday's series finale at the Braves. Nieuwenhuis had been out due to passing a kidney stone on Thursday.

Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Mets outfielders Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves.

Lagares has been sidelined since Tuesday with a hyperextended elbow. Nieuwenhuis passed a kidney stone Thursday and remains day-to-day.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes a breather after passing kidney stone


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was held out of action Friday night against the Braves, one day removed from passing a kidney stone, MLB.com reports.

Nieuwenhuis told the manager he's available as a pinch hitter and could be back in action a early as Saturday. He is hitting .242 with three homers and 14 RBI over 99 at-bats.