The Mets have optioned 25-year-old outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to Triple-A Las Vegas and called up outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to take his place. The Mets swapped the pair of outfielders in mid-May when they called up Ceciliani and designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment. They then traded Nieuwenhuis to the Angels, and later re-acquired him by claiming him after he was placed on waivers by the Angels.
In 75 plate appearances with the Mets this year, Ceciliani hit just .206/.270/.279 with one home run. He stole five bases in six attempts and played solid defense. Before he was called up to the Mets, Ceciliani hit .336/.381/.584 with five home runs and six stolen bases in 37 games with the 51s.
Nieuwenhuis has hit just .100/.156/.167 in 64 plate appearances in the big leagues this year. In Triple-A, he has hit .293/.354/.741 with seven home runs in 66 plate appearances. For his major league career, Nieuwenhuis has hit .226/.299/.368 with 13 home runs in 616 plate appearances with the Mets and Angels.