New York Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee while sliding two weeks ago, is nearing entering a minor league game.
Nieuwenhuis participated in the team's warm-up routine Saturday and also hit, tossed a baseball and went through outfield drills.
The lone remaining hurdle before entering a game is to run the bases.
Nieuwenhuis now is more likely to be ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.