Kirk Nieuwenhuis returns to Mets on waiver claim


The Mets traded Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels late last month, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the outfielder has returned to the team on a waiver claim.

Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment by New York a little less than a month ago after starting the season in a 3-for-38 (.079) funk. The 27-year-old was eventually dealt to the Angels for cash considerations, but he hit just .136 (3-for-22) over 10 games before being designated for assignment again this week. He’s a .226/.299/.368 career hitter.

Per Rubin, it’s unclear whether Nieuwenhuis will be added to the active roster or if the Mets will try to get him through waivers to stash him in Triple-A. Darrell Ceciliani took over as a backup outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench when Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last month. He’s hitting .241 (7-for-29) with two doubles, two RBI, and three stolen bases over his first 20 games in the majors.

UPDATE: Rubin adds that Nieuwenhuis is expected to join the major league roster.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).