Kirk to play in minors game today

March, 20, 2013
3/20/13
12:37
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee sliding into second base on March 10, is due to play in a minor league game today. It will mark Nieuwenhuis' first game action since the injury.

Nieuwenhuis plans to play three innings in the outfield and also take at-bats. He likely would just jog to first base should he make contact, since he has not yet run the bases for trainers.

Nieuwenhuis plans to do that running test postgame.

"It feels pretty good," Nieuwenhuis said. "For sure."

In part because of the injury setback, Nieuwenhuis is likely to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
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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