Mets designate for assignment outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been designated for assignment by the Mets.

Nieuwenhuis has been a part-time player for the Mets in each of the past four seasons, hitting a combined .230 with 13 homers and a .676 OPS in 226 games while starting in all three outfield spots. This season he’s 3-for-38 with 17 strikeouts.

His numbers in the minors are better, but still nothing special, so at age 28 the Mets felt comfortable in exposing him to the waiver wire. Triple-A outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who was hitting .336 in 37 games for Las Vegas but has an underwhelming track record, replaces Nieuwenhuis on the roster.