The Mets have outrighted outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A, the team announced. Nieuwenhuis was re-acquired by the team on Saturday after the Angels placed him on waivers, just 17 days after he was originally acquired from the Mets for cash considerations. The Mets had intended on sending him down to the minors when they claimed him off of waivers.
The 27-year-old outfielder has struggled at the plate this season. He batted just .136/.208/.227 in ten games with Los Angeles after batting .079/.125/.132 in 24 games with the Mets.
In 236 career MLB games, Nieuwenhuis has hit .226/.299/.368 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI. In Triple-A, he is a career .260/.345/.468 hitter with 33 home runs and 101 RBI in 219 games. Nieuwenhuis has spent time in Triple-A in each of the past four seasons, so he will be returning to a familiar setting when he heads back to Las Vegas. Darrell Ceciliani is currently the Mets' fifth outfielder at the major league level.