Mets designate Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment, promote Darrell Ceciliani
The Mets have designated outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment, the team announced on Tuesday. The move made room for outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who was promoted from Triple A Las Vegas ahead of New York's game against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Nieuwenhuis, a fourth-year pro, has batted 3-for-38 (.079) this season, striking out 17 times.
The Mets announced they would promote Ceciliani, 24, following Monday's game. The left-handed hitter, whom New York drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB draft, was batting .336 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 113 at-bats with Triple A Las Vegas.
Ceciliani will wear No. 1.
Entering Tuesday's game, the Mets are 23-16, a game ahead of the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East.
- Jake Fischer