Showing posts with label Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/25: Nieuwenhuis has big day for Vegas, Peavey went eight strong for Binghamton

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/25:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 11, SALT LAKE 6: Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning in his return to Vegas to stake the 51s to an 8-6 lead. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Allan Dykstra also went deep during the game. Dykstra went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also was hit by a pitch. Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-5. Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The damage against Montero included a two-run homer by Brennan Bosch. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 1: Greg Peavey (8-1) allowed one run and struck out seven in eight innings and Darrell Ceciliani produced two RBIs, scored a run and stole two bases. Originally scheduled starter Matt Bowman was summoned to Las Vegas to fill in for Darin Gorski, who suffered a fractured foot. Binghamton opened the scoring in the fourth against Dan Camarena when Brian Burgamy doubled, moved to third on Dustin Lawley's single and came home on T.J. Rivera's single. After Travis Taijeron reached on an error by first baseman Francisco Arcia, Ceciliani's sacrifice fly plated Lawley for a 2-0 lead. Trenton scored its lone run a half-inning later. Jake Cave singled, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Peter O’Brien then produced a run-scoring groundout. Jayce Boyd's two-out solo homer in the sixth restored a two-run lead. In the seventh, Ceciliani singled against Nick Rumbelow and stole second. After Brandon Nimmo walked, the B-Mets pulled off a double steal. Dilson Herrera then struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached safely on the wild pitch. Ceciliani crossed the plate, while Nimmo made it to third on the play. Nimmo scored on an error by third baseman Dan Fiorto. The B-Mets added a run in the eighth against Nick Goody. Rivera singled and Boyd walk. Jairo Heredia entered and, after a strikeout, gave up a run-scoring bloop single to Ceciliani. Jon Velasquez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Herrera went 0-for-5, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): After consecutive rainouts, the teams will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Mets Low A - AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 2: Nelfi Zapata tripled and scored on Jorge Rivero's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2 in the seventh, but Augusta scored a pair of runs in the bottom half. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed a leadoff walk and shortstop Yeixon Ruiz committed a one-out fielding error. With two on and one out, Knapp departed. Dawrin Frias allowed both inherited runners to score. Knapp was charged with four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Box

Mets - RK - BURLINGTON 3, KINGSPORT 2 (10 innings)
BURLINGTON 7, KINGSPORT 2: In his third inning of relief, Bryce Beeler's wild pitch allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th in Game 1. Ivan Wilson's two-run double in the sixth had evened the score at 2. In Game 2, starter Andrew Church allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

Mets A - SS - VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2: Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fifth against starter Octavio Acosta. Michael Conforto finished 2-for-4. His RBI double in the third had evened the score at 1. Box

Mets - RK - GCL MARLINS 14, GCL METS 1: Starter Adrian Almeida allowed seven runs (four earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Dan Hermann was charged with four runs without allowing a hit. He walked three and hit a batter and recorded two outs. Box

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mets News: Mets demote Kirk Nieuwenhuis to add spot for Flores

Mets News:

A day after Ruben Tejada was beaned with a fastball and departed Wednesday's game in Seattle, the Mets have decided to promote Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been demoted.

Flores is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Thursday's series opener at Milwaukee.

The Mets did not have a bona fide backup shortstop on the major league roster, and otherwise would have needed to use Eric Campbell at the position. Although Tejada continues to suffer no ill effects from the beaning by Taijuan Walker, Terry Collins had indicated Wednesday that Tejada was likely to get at least one day off.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud to return against A's, Nieuwenhuis back with big club

Mets News and Notes:

d'Arnaud Return
The Mets tentatively plan to promote Travis d'Arnaud to the major league club during next week's June 24-25 series against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field, according to ESPN.

D'Arnaud is hitting .410 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 39 at-bats since his June 7 demotion.

By keeping d'Arnaud in the minors less than 20 days, d'Arnaud's option will be rescinded -- meaning he will retain the option to be used during the 2015 season or beyond, if the club desires to demote him again.

D'Arnaud was hitting .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats when he was dispatched to Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis back with big club
The Mets demoted Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals. Fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis will join the Mets for Thursday's series opener in Miami.

Den Dekker batted .156 (7-for-45) with one RBI in 17 games.

Nieuwenhuis is hitting .272 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 180 at-bats with Vegas. He has produced four multi-hit games in his past five starts with the Pacific Coast League club.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/28: Capt. Kirk hits 2 HR's in Vegas Win

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/28:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 13, EL PASO 7: Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two home runs, a double and a single as the 51s pounded the Chihuahuas (and forced Jeff Francoeur to pitch another inning). Allen Dykstra had three hits for Las Vegas, and Brandon Allen hit a home run. Starter Logan Verrett got the win, despite giving up seven runs in six innings. Ryan Reid pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the save. Box.

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5: Cory Vaughn had three hits as the B-Mets held on to win a game that was suspended on Tuesday night. Tyler Pill got credit for the win, even though he allowed five runs in four innings. Chase Bradford pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save. Box.

Mets AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: Starting pitcher Rainy Lara left the regularly scheduled game in the third inning after suffering an injury while covering home plate. Matt Clark had two of the five B-Mets hits, including a run-scoring double. Lara allowed the Fisher Cats' first run before he was forced out of the game, and was charged with the loss. Box.

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2: Brandon Nimmo, who came out of Tuesday's game with what the Mets described as a sprained left ankle, was not only able to return to the lineup Wednesday, but he had a hit, stole a base and scored a run. Domingo Tapia allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings in his best start of the season. Jairo Perez had three hits and drove in two of St. Lucie's three runs. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez was activated off the disabled list and played his first game since May 14. Box.

Mets A - SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA, ppd.: The Sand Gnats were supposed to play a doubleheader, but rain forced the postponement of both games. They'll now be played the week of June 12, in Savannah.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Injury Updates: Eric Young , Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Dice-K

Injury Updates:

New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. experienced dizziness but passed a concussion test after suffering a freak pregame injury Sunday.

Mets players were taking flips in an indoor batting cage at Coors Field when a baseball off Lucas Duda's bat ricocheted and struck Young below the right eye.

A CT scan and X-rays performed at a local hospital revealed a bruise, but no fracture or other serious damage. Young had mild swelling and a mark below his right eye after the Mets' 5-1 win against the Colorado Rockies and complained of a headache.

He officially is day to day.

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s right-calf injury, which required a visit from the trainer during Saturday’s relief appearance, apparently is not too severe.

Matsuzaka, initially thought to be unavailable Sunday, was warming in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 5-1 victory against the Colorado Rockies.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a highlight-reel catch for Las Vegas during Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday, but it forced him from the game.

Nieuwenhuis banged an elbow crashing into the wall in the Triple-A game at Tacoma catching Xavier Avery's fly ball to end the second inning. He was replaced by Anthony Seratelli in left field the following frame.

The injury does not seem severe, and Nieuwenhuis could be back in the lineup as soon as Monday.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Mets News: Juan Lagares Officially Activated, Kirk Nieuwenhuis sent down

Mets News:

Juan Lagares has been officially activated from the disabled list for Thursday's series opener against the Colorado Rockies.

Lagares replaces Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lagares is returning from a pulled right hamstring. He appeared in one game for Class A St. Lucie and three games with Las Vegas this week.

Terry Collins has indicated his four primary outfielders will share three starting spots.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mets News: Juan Lagares to DL, Nieuwenhuis recalled

Mets News:

The Mets have officially put OF Juan Lagares on the 15 day DL with a strained hamstring and have recalled OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Lagares was leading the Mets in Avg (.314), second in OBP (.345), second Slugging PCT (.471).

Chris Young is expected to come off the DL on Friday, so if Granderson is not ready to play on Tuesday, that leaves the Mets with Eric Young, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Andrew Brown, and of course Lucas Duda for emergency use.

Terry Collins might have to use both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda in the lineup

Mets News: Injuries to Granderson, Lagares might force Mets to bring up Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Mets News:

Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares departed Monday's 7-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in consecutive innings with injuries.

Lagares suffered a pulled right hamstring running to first base on a fielder's choice grounder in the seventh inning and is a disabled list candidate.

Granderson departed an inning earlier with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee. X-rays of all three body parts were negative, although Granderson struggled to put on his shoes after the game.

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets would bring a Triple-A Las Vegas player to Phoenix, to be activated assuming Lagares lands on the DL after he is re-evaluated Tuesday.

That is expected to be outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs in 42 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/12: Dice-K strikes out Eight for 51's, Nieuwenhuis' Homer Wins it in 10th

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/12:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 1, FRESNO 0 (10 innings):
Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a solo homer in the top of the 10th against Erik Cordier for the game's lone run. Vic Black recorded the game's final out for his first save. Daisuke Matsuzaka carried a no-hit bid one out into the sixth inning. He ultimately blanked Fresno for seven innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Matsuzaka struck out eight in a no-decision. He threw 88 pitches (62 strikes). Box

Tyler Pill (0-2) surrendered seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings as the B-Mets had a five-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Nolan drilled an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall against Pill as New Hampshire took a 3-0 lead in the first. The Fisher Cats padded their lead with a sac fly by Kenny Wilson in the second. Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the third against Fisher Cats starter Casey Lawrence. Travis Taijeron doubled, took third on a flyout and scored when Kyle Johnson singled. The Fisher Cats stretched their lead to five with another two-out rally in the third. Mike Crouse produced a run-scoring triple. Peter Mooney then made it 6-1 with a run-scoring single. In the fifth, New Hampshire chased Pill with two outs after a pair of singles and a walk. Jack Leathersich inherited the runners and walked Mooney, forcing in the Fisher Cats’ seventh run. Lawrence settled in comfortably after Johnson’s single in the third. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. New Hampshire added to its lead on Ryan Schimpf's homer in the seventh and a sac fly from Wilson in the eighth. The B-Mets pecked away at the lead against the Fisher Cats bullpen. Matt Clark led off the seventh with a homer against Tyler Ybarra. Binghamton tacked on two runs against John Anderson in the eighth. Cory Vaughn threw out two runners at second base and now has three outfield assists this season. Kevin Plawecki collected his first RBI as a B-Met with a double in the eighth. Box

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mets News: Bartolo Colon and Jenrry Mejia expected to start in Vegas this weekend

Mets News:

The Mets are expected to start Bartolo Colon on Saturday and Jenrry Mejia on Sunday in Las Vegas, when they play a pair of split-squad exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs.

David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Bobby Parnell, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Omar Quintanilla, Jacob deGrom, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Anthony Seratelli and Eric Campbell are among the other players expected to make the trip.

The Mets are partly playing in Vegas to support their Triple-A affiliate, although the primary reason is the big-league club is turning a profit on the trip.

The remainder of the Mets will remain in Florida for split-squad games Saturday against the Twins in Port St. Lucie and Sunday against the Cardinals in Jupiter.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mets News: Kirk Nieuwenhuis sent down, Jenrry Mejia to stay up with Big Club

Mets News:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was dispatched to Triple-A Las Vegas after Friday's nightcap, allowing the Mets to keep Jenrry Mejia and operate with a six-man rotation.

The Mets will have only four bench players, which means they must have faith in Eric Young Jr.'s health, despite the outfielder sitting out Friday's games with a right-knee issue.

Nieuwenhuis was hitless in his final 15 at-bats before the demotion and is hitting only .189 at the major league level this season.

Terry Collins had said between games Friday that Juan Lagares was ready to become the full-time center fielder.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Mets News: Kirk Nieuwenhuis bangs knee in collision, But Ok

Mets News:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis banged his right knee in a mild collision with left fielder Eric Young Jr. on an attempted eighth-inning catch, but is OK, a team spokesman said after the Mets lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, Saturday.

Nieuwenhuis gingerly left the field after Young caught the ball for the third out. He then made the game's final out, striking out against ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez.

Nieuwenhuis, who had the leg heavily wrapped after the game, would have been unlikely to start Sunday anyway with the Mets facing left-hander Tom Gorzelanny.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mets News: Nieuwenhuis Back with Big Club, Rick Ankiel DFA'd

Mets News:

After Rick Ankiel went hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times in Saturday's 20-inning game off the bench, upping his futility streak to 2-for-his-last-35, the Mets designated the outfielder for assignment and will promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis has eight homers in 16 games with the 51s since May 22, although overall he is hitting only .232 with 40 strikeouts in 142 at-bats in Triple-A. Terry Collins recently was told by Wally Backman that Nieuwenhuis' at-bats had improved, and he's only subject to maybe one plate appearance a game with lapses.

Nieuwenhuis made the Opening Day roster, but was demoted April 23, when Juan Lagares joined the major league club. Now, they can form a lefty-righty hitting tandem in center field if Collins chooses.

Ankiel, picked up after being dumped by the Houston Astros, will finish his brief Mets career having hit .182 with 25 strikeouts in 66 at-bats. Overall, he has K'd 60 times in 128 major league at-bats this season.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/4: Nieuwenhuis hits two homers in 51's win

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/4:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, FRESNO 5: Kirk Nieuwenhuis' second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the eighth, provided a one-run lead and lifted Las Vegas to the victory (31-26). Brian Bixler had pulled the 51s within a run earlier in the eighth with a solo homer, also against Dan Runzler. Nieuwenhuis has eight homers in his past 14 games. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed four runs on seven hits and no walks in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Edgin earned his first Pacific Coast League victory with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Gonzalez Germen struck out the side in the ninth for his second Triple-A save. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 0: Erik Goeddel (5-2) tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed only two hits as he won his fourth consecutive decision. Ramon Flores walked to open the game and Slade Heathcott followed with a single to put runners at first and second with nobody out. But the righty retired 16 consecutive batters and never let a baserunner get to third base. Meanwhile, the offense broke through against Trenton starter Zach Nuding in the second inning. With two outs, Wilfredo Tovar blooped a single into right-center to score Richard Lucas. Daniel Muno followed with an RBI double. Cesar Puello made it 3-0 in the third with a solo homer. Puello leads the team with nine homers. He has hit four homers in four games against the Thunder this season. In the seventh, Alonzo Harris and Tovar had back-to-back singles. After Muno advanced them with a bunt, Josh Rodriguez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Darrell Ceciliani struck out, but Puello came through with a ground-rule double to put Binghamton (34-24) on top, 5-0. The B-Mets busted the game open in the eighth against Trenton's bullpen. Muno hit a two-run double, and Ceciliani added an RBI single. Jack Leathersich and John Church tossed scoreless relief innings. Box

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/3: Nieuwenhuis' nice catch (video), Syndergaard Hammered

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/3:

Class AAA - SACRAMENTO 3, LAS VEGAS 0: Bruce Billings, Hideki Okajima and Dan Otero combined on a three-hit shutout of the 51s. Chris Schwinden took a scoreless effort into the fifth but ultimately was charged with two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five in five innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis also made a nice catch over the center field wall in a losing effort ( video below).  Box

Class AA - HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets stranded the tying run on base in the ninth inning and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the final two innings. One out shy of suffering their third shutout loss of the season, the B-Mets cracked the scoreboard when Cesar Puello blasted a 1-1 offering from Ian Krol over the left-field wall for his first homer of the season. Krol then walked Francisco Pena and hit Wilfredo Tovar with an 0-2 pitch to put the tying run on

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Back, Nieuwenhuis Back, Murphy Not, Wright Maybe?, Hefner for Santana, Niese Opening, Captain Wright

Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since spraining his right ankle Saturday, Justin Turner reappeared in a game. Two games, actually.

Turner had three at-bats in a minor league game, then delivered a pinch-hit single in the Grapefruit League contest.

Turner passed a pair of tests as far as his ankle. He doubled and scored from second in the minor league game, then went first-to-third on a single by Marlon Byrd while facing St. Louis.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Turner said.

Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee bruise) both are slated to again play in a minor league game Friday.

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks but did not play the field Thursday against the Triple-A Springfield Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy (side) is not yet ready to enter a minor league game.

Jeremy Hefner, the rotation plug for Johan Santana, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. He surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to David Freese.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be today,” Hefner said. “They’re a real aggressive team, so I tried to throw a few more offspeed pitches early in the count. And that kind of got me behind in the count because I wasn’t getting them over for strikes.”

Jonathon Niese officially has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

“This guy, as we move forward, is going to be the head of this staff,” Terry Collins said.

Said Niese: “It means a lot. I’m real excited, obviously, getting this opportunity. But I’m going to treat it as any other start, just like if I’m the fifth starter, if I’m the second, third, fourth. I’m going to prepare the same and just go out and compete.”

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Ankle, Nieuwenhuis Playing, Wright/Murphy Ribs, Ike Adjusts

Mets News and Notes:

Justin Turner said the right ankle he sprained on Saturday is virtually full healed, but he will not be making the trip to Kissimmee on Wednesday night to face the Houston Astros.

"Full activity -- except for going on the trip," Turner said.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee sliding into second base on March 10, is due to play in a minor league game today. It will mark Nieuwenhuis' first game action since the injury.

Nieuwenhuis plans to play three innings in the outfield and also take at-bats. He likely would just jog to first base should he make contact, since he has not yet run the bases for trainers.

Nieuwenhuis plans to do that running test postgame.

"It feels pretty good," Nieuwenhuis said. "For sure."

In part because of the injury setback, Nieuwenhuis is likely to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The availability of David Wright and Daniel Murphy for Opening Day remains murky as both players continue to deal with intercostal muscle strains.

Wright received a cortisone injection on his left side Friday in New York and still aims to be in the lineup on April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. But given Murphy suffered an injury to the same muscle a month ago, received a cortisone shot on Feb. 19 and still is not ready, how confident can Wright be?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Francisco, Laffey

Mets News and Notes:

A day after his first game activity of spring training, Daniel Murphy did not feel up to playing in another minor league game. Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, was "pretty stiff," according to Terry Collins.

Murphy had played five innings in a minor league game Friday -- playing second base and running the bases, but not hitting.

"It wasn't a setback -- just a little fatigue," Sandy Alderson said. "So we sat him out today."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee while sliding two weeks ago, is nearing entering a minor league game.

Nieuwenhuis participated in the team's warm-up routine Saturday and also hit, tossed a baseball and went through outfield drills.

The lone remaining hurdle before entering a game is to run the bases.

Nieuwenhuis now is more likely to be ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Frank Francisco threw his third bullpen session of the week Saturday morning as he works back from elbow inflammation. Francisco said he would expect to throw two more bullpen sessions before advancing to batting practice.

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana not ready, D'Arnaud going to minors?, Captain America, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin

Mets News and Notes:

Perhaps it was stating the obvious, but Terry Collins acknowledged Wednesday that Johan Santana is “not too close” to returning to a mound.

“Each and every day we’ll see how he feels,” Collins said. “When he thinks his arm -- the strength -- is there to get on the mound and throw a bullpen, he’ll do it. But he’s the only source we have as to how he feels. We checked with him this morning and found out what he was going to do today. And tomorrow, we’ll leave tomorrow until when I see him tomorrow and see where we stand.”

Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Santana earlier this week.

“Just to make sure we were on the same page,” Alderson said. “He understood from our standpoint he would be ready when he’s ready and there wouldn’t really be any further comment about it in terms of a precise date that he’d be ready to pitch. If that was clearing the air, that was clearing the air, I guess.”

Did the air need clearing?

“Not from my standpoint. Perhaps from his,” Alderson said. “Whatever purpose it served, we had a conversation.”

Travis D'Arnaud went 0-for-3 Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, but he still is hitting .261 in Grapefruit League play.

His days in camp may be numbered, though.

The Mets, like other major league teams, must ship out prospects on the 40-man roster by Friday if they want to minimize the risk to the organization.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis update, Mejia's Cutter, Hefner

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets hoped Kirk Nieuwenhuis would be back in a Grapefruit League game Wednesday. Instead, that is now targeted as the first day Nieuwenhuis is scheduled to participate in baseball activity outdoors, Terry Collins indicated.

Nieuwenhuis suffered a bone bruise to his left knee eight days ago on a slide.

Jenrry Mejia beamed after appearing in his first Grapefruit League game in two weeks. He had more to celebrate than his return from inaction after a thyroid issue.

“Now I’ve got my cutter back,” the 23-year-old right-hander said.

Ever since returning from Tommy John surgery early last season, Mejia had seemed to lose the sharp cutting action on his fastball, which once had drawn comparisons to Mariano Rivera’s movement.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen determined Mejia had started to throw too overhand since returning from surgery. So Warthen worked with Mejia over the past week, since Mejia returned from a thyroid issue, to restore a three-quarters arm angle and reinvigorate the cutter.

“I threw too on top,” Mejia said.

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