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Torres to DL: Nieuwenhuis Up?
Posted By Howard Megdal On April 5, 2012 @ 4:42 pm In On the DL | Comments Disabled
The one downside to this afternoon’s 1-0 victory over the Braves was marred by the seventh-inning calf injury to Andres Torres. Remember, Torres missed a bunch of time with a calf injury this spring, but as Terry Collins said after the game, “He passed every test” leading up to Opening Day.
Collins made it clear after the game that he knew the Mets would need to make a move. Two options are Vinny Rottino, who would slide into a reserve OF role while Scott Hairston plays CF, or Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who would presumably start. The Mets wouldn’t want to waste a prospect on the bench who needs at-bats after losing half of 2011 with shoulder surgery.
My vote is for Nieuwenhuis, since it would be fun to see what he could do at the major league level. But if the Mets think he would be rushed, it will be Rottino. And honestly? Having that kind of faith in the decision by Alderson and company is okay by me, too.
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