What does latest events mean for Nieuwenhuis?

Last night in his first rehabilitation game with Single-A St. Lucie, Andres Torres was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases; he would have been 4-for-4, if not for a diving grab that robbed him of a potential bases clearing double.

That looked like it could spell bad news for Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but this afternoon, the Mets placed Jason Bay on the 15-Day DL with a non displaced fracture of a rib on hisleft side.

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While it seemed as though Kirk may have been headed for a demotion upon Torres’ return, the circumstances created by Bay’s injury could mean an extended stay in the bigs for Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis has looked rather impressive over his first two weeks of action. He seems capable of playing centerfield in the Majors, and has not been over-matched during his 48 at-bats.

While it’s probably too early to jump the gun (especially given the extremely small sample size of Nieuwenhuis’ success), should Torres hit upon his return, it is not out of the question that Nieuwenhuis could work his way into a platoon with Bay.  The bottom line here is Terry needs to get production from the left field spot, and, if Nieuwenhuis is providing that, he’s not going anywhere. As long as Kirk keeps hitting, Collins will have to get him in the lineup somehow. Log jam averted…for now.

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In 48 at-bats Nieuwenhuis is hitting .333 with seven runs scored and a .407 OBP.