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Mets | Kirk Nieuwenhuis a candidate to be recalled

New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who homered twice for Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday, June 4, to give him eight jacks in the last 14 games, is now on the radar of manager Terry Collins to be recalled to the majors. Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-16 with a walk and eight strikeouts before being optioned to the minors April 23. Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said Nieuwenhuis' home run success hasn't been the result of hitting in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and the outfielder has been more aggressive with two strikes. OF Rick Ankiel is 2-for-28 with 13 strikeouts recently and has been dropped to No. 8 in the hitting order. Collins also indicated that OF Juan Lagares would probably benefit from more playing time in the minors.

Fantasy Tip: It's probably only a matter of time before the Mets realize that Ankiel is hurting their offensive production. He's not the future of the organization, either. Nieuwenhuis also bats from the left side, so it'll be interested to see how playing time would shake out if he's called up. Keep Nieuwenhuis on your radar if you play in NL-only leagues.

2013-06-04 15:52:45 | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin

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