Sources: 'Spin appears returning to majors


Jordany Valdespin appears headed back to the Mets, team sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Valdespin followed a four-steal game Monday with a homer and two RBIs in Triple-A Buffalo's 5-4 win against Durham on Tuesday.

Jordany Valdespin

Jordany Valdespin

#1 2B
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM33
  • HR2

  • RBI12

  • R12

  • OBP.246

  • AVG.222

It was not immediately clear what roster spot Valdespin might claim, assuming he is activated for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched Tuesday with a bruised right hand, which he suffered during batting practice. Because Nieuwenhuis has not appeared in a game since Saturday, and with a four-day All-Star break coming up, Nieuwenhuis would only miss eight additional games if he were placed on the DL. And the Mets do see a bevy of left-handers to close the first half, beginning with Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels the next two games, followed by Cubs southpaw Travis Wood on Friday -- games Nieuwenhuis would be less likely to start anyway.

Alternatively, given the length starting pitchers have been going, it is not unreasonable for the Mets to shed a reliever, either, for the remainder of the half.