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Mets Designate Bobby Abreu For Assignment, Recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Bobby Abreu (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Bobby Abreu (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Following the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Giants on Monday afternoon, general manager Sandy Alderson did some housecleaning.

New York announced that it has designated veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu for assignment. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Abreu’s roster spot.

Abreu, 40, signed a minor-league deal with the Mets in March and was promoted to the majors in April after Ike Davis was traded.

The two-time All-Star and 2005 Gold Glove Award winner was scorching hot after being called up, but he cooled down significantly in the summer months.

Expected to be a quality pinch-hitter, the former Silver Slugger Award winner performed well when starting but struggled coming off the bench.

He batted .238 with a homer and 14 RBIs in 122 at-bats for New York. He may very well opt to retire after a productive 17-year career.

Nieuwenhuis has been back and forth between Queens and Las Vegas throughout 2014. The 26-year-old has hit .246 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 57 at-bats for the Mets this season.

In the Pacific Coast League, the left-handed hitter batted .265 with 11 dingers and 32 RBIs in 211 at-bats.

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