Andres Torres to the DL, Kirk Nieuwenhuis on his way

Before tomorrow’s game, the Mets will place Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list, and recall OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Buffalo, the team said on Twitter.

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April 6, 6:16 am: Andres Torres left yesterday’s game with a calf strain, which is the same injury that sidelined him for most of Spring Training.

“It’s difficult, and after we won and everything,” Torres said after the game. “What can I do? I put faith in God’s hands and see what happens. I hope I stay healthy.”

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to join the Mets when Torres is placed on the disabled list on Saturday, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Torres told reporters after the game he will travel to Port St. Lucie to begin his rehabilitation.

Nieuwenhuis made his debut for Triple-A Buffalo today and he went 0-for-2.

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Michael Baron: If not for an oblique injury this spring, Nieuwenhuis would’ve been the obvious choice to replace Torres when he initially injured his calf on March 20. Even so, the move makes sense. The Mets need another left-handed hitting bat in their lineup, and he’s at the top of their depth chart in centerfield right now. The thing is, Nieuwenhuis has to play regularly if he’s going to come up – he needs to get at bats to continue his development, which was stalled when he injured his shoulder last year. If Nieuwenhuis is not going to play regularly, then Vinny Rottino would be better suited to backup Scott Hairston instead.

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Following the game, Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada will bat lead off in the event Torres ends up on the disabled list.

To read more from Citi Field about Torres’s injury, check out this report in the Daily News.