• Hitting coach Dave Hudgens will return to Venezuela to manage Leones del Caracas for the 2013-'14 Winter League season, the Mets announced Saturday. Hudgens managed Caracas to a national championship in '10, before stepping down when the Mets named him hitting coach prior to the '11 season.
• Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (bone bruise, left knee) continues to participate in most baseball activities. Once he runs the bases in workouts, he will be able to proceed to Minor League games.
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