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Mets demote Colin Cowgill, promote Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown takes batting practice during a spring

Andrew Brown takes batting practice during a spring training workout at Tradition Field. (Feb. 14, 2013) Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

ATLANTA -- The Mets' outfield carousel turned once more on Friday when the team demoted Collin Cowgill and replaced him with Andrew Brown.

Cowgill hit a grand slam on Opening Day, though his performance only slid downhill from there. After a reduction in his playing time, Cowgill was ultimately optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas with a .157 average with two homers and eight RBIs in 19 games.

The Mets, hoping to unearth possible solutions for its weak outfield, invited Brown to spring training as a non-roster invitee. He failed to impress. But the 28-year-old took advantage of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, hitting .367 with two homers and 13 doubles with Las Vegas.

Brown is a .224 hitter in 57 big-league games with the Rockies and Cardinals. He will be available on Friday night when the Mets begin a three-game set with the Braves.

With the season a month old, question marks still plague the outfield. Even with a strong start from leftfielder Lucas Duda, the Mets' outfield ranks as one of the least productive units in all of baseball.

Two outfielders on the Opening Day roster, Cowgill and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, have already been sent down as the Mets continue to reshuffle the deck in hopes of finding a more stable combination.

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