Mar 17, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) connects for a base hit during a game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the way to Phoenix


After Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares suffered injuries during Monday night’s win in Arizona, Mets manager Terry Collins said that the Mets would call up a player from Triple-A Las Vegas as “a precaution” in case one (or both) of Granderson or Lagares lands on the disabled list. According to a source, that player is outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

X-rays were negative on Granderson (who bruised his ribs, knee, and forearm) and he’s listed as day-to-day, but the prognosis for Lagares was murkier.

Lagares was diagnosed with a pulled right hamstring and said after the game that he had never before pulled his hamstring. Lagares said that he wanted to see how he felt Tuesday, but there’s a good chance Lagares winds up on the 15-day disabled list.

Thoughts:

There was some speculation that 40-year-old Bobby Abreu would be the call-up from Triple-A, but the Mets made the right move here.

Abreu was a poor outfielder in his prime, and is simply not someone who can play the outfield with any regularity at this point in his career.

In the most likely scenario, Lagares winds up on the disabled list with Curtis Granderson returning within a few days.

Chris Young, who is rehabbing a quadriceps injury with Triple-A Las Vegas, is set to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. At that point, the Mets will have to make another roster move.

 

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