Kirk diagnosed with bone bruise

March, 4, 2013
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis suffered a bone bruise in his left knee but avoided ligament damage, he said after returning from an MRI on Monday morning.

Nieuwenhuis still was severely limping a day after suffering the injury on a headfirst slide stealing Sunday, on infield dirt he described as "like concrete." He will take anti-inflammatory medication.

"We'll see how it responds," Nieuwenhuis said. "... I feel pretty good about it. It could be a few days. It could be a week. We'll see. I just have to wait it out and see how it responds to medicine. I kind of knew when I was walking around the ligaments were fine. It is what it is. It's good news, but I don't want to miss time. I don't want to miss a game."

Nieuwenhuis dealt with an oblique injury last spring training, then finished the season injured in Triple-A with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

"It's probably the most frustrating part of the game," Nieuwenhuis said about the injuries, "but thankfully this isn't as serious."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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