Mets Select Contract of Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Las Vegas

FLUSHING, N.Y., July 6, 2015 - The New York Mets today announced the club has selected the contract of outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and have optioned outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to Las Vegas. This move now has the Mets' 40-man roster at exactly 40 players. Nieuwenhuis, 27, was hitting .293 (17-58) in 15 games with Las Vegas after being outrighted on June 15. The Santa Monica, Calif. native slugged seven home runs and drove in 20 runs in his 15 games with the 51s.

He began the season as part of the Mets' Opening Day roster and played in 27 games, batting .079 (3-38). Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment on May 19 and then traded to Los Angeles-AL for cash considerations on May 27. In 10 games with the Angels, Nieuwenhuis hit .136 (3-22) with two doubles before being designated for assignment on June 10.

The Mets claimed Nieuwenhuis off waivers on June 13 and assigned him to Las Vegas two days later. Nieuwenhuis was originally drafted by New York in the third round of the 2008 draft and had three different stints with the Mets in 2014. In 236 career games in the major leagues, Nieuwenhuis has hit .226 with 33 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 61 RBI.

In 39 games this year for the Mets, Ceciliani was hitting .206 with two doubles, one home run and three RBI.