With Andres Torres Out, Mets Recall Prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis To Play Center

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Captain Kirk is en route to Queens.

With Andres Torres on the disabled list after straining his left calf in the Mets’ season-opening win over the Braves on Thursday, New York will activate outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis prior to Saturday’s contest against Atlanta.

The 24-year-old prospect, set to make his Major League debut on Saturday, will likely supplant Torres in center field.

The third round pick by the Mets out of Azusa Pacific University in 2008, Nieuwenhuis had a very productive first half of the season for Triple-A Buffalo in 2011 before tearing the labrum in his left shoulder, ending his season prematurely. He ended up batting .298 with six homers, 17 doubles and a .403 on-base percentage in 53 games for Buffalo.

Nieuwenhuis went just 2-for-10 in big-league camp this spring, as he suffered a right oblique injury midway through Spring Training.

Is this a blessing in disguise for New York? Is Captain Kirk the Mets’ center fielder of the future? Sound off with your comments below…

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  1. Kirk, will be a solid major league ballplayer. I expect he’ll be a solid 280 hitter with limited homerun power. He’ll add some speed to the line-up and play an excellent centerfield. My comparison would be to that long ago Met , Jim Hickman. Kirk is another solid pick and development by Minaya / Bernazard team that has already gave us Murphy, Smith, Niese, Davis and Duda.

  2. We’re out Reyes and Pagan. Torres and now possibly Francisco and the “Father of the Steroid Age” is pretending to be a General Manager again.

  3. Adam Torres says:

    I think its about time we see what he can do, its said he wont wow you with any particular part of his game but can do a little of everything so why not he is young and I for one would rather watch young players then washed veterans.

  4. Darrell says:

    Well I think so,but he needs to bring his a game.

    1. jERRY vOGEL says:

      WHY DOES HE NEED HIS “A” GAME? TORRES DOES NOT EVEN HAVE A B GAME

  5. Timothy Frith says:

    How long will Torres be on DL for?

  6. Jerry Vogel says:

    I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. I DO NOT THINK TORRES IS THE ANSWER, OR HAIRSTON

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