Injury update on Kirk Nieuwenhuis…

Kirk Nieuwenhuis played catch and hit in the batting cage on Thursday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

However, while Terry Collins said he hopes he will be able to increase his level of baseball activity, Rubin says the Mets are taking it slowly with Nieuwenhuis because of the nature of his knee injury.

Nieuwenhuis suffered a bone bruise while sliding in a Grapefruit League game 12 days ago. He is just 1-for-18 this spring.