Kirk making impression, looks like last cut

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Mets officials have seriously weighed carrying Kirk Nieuwenhuis as an extra bench player while Jonathon Niese is on the disabled list, although it looks like Andrew Brown will win out for that bench spot, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Nieuwenhuis entered Saturday's game hitting .294 with one homer and nine RBIs in 34 Grapefruit League at-bats. He also had seven walks and a .415 on-base percentage.

The bench is expected to include Anthony Recker, Josh Satin, Omar Quintanilla, Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares (provided Eric Young Jr. is considered the starter).

With Duda a lefty power bat for the bench, the righty-hitting Brown seems to make more sense than the lefty-hitting Nieuwenhuis for an extra spot until Niese returns for the sixth game.

Of course, this all depends on Daniel Murphy (calf) being ready for the season. Otherwise, that also opens the door for Nieuwenhuis or potentially Wilmer Flores.

Brown entered Saturday hitting .263 with two homers and nine RBIs in 38 at-bats.
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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187