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Nieuwenhuis might make late run for roster spot

The Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis gets ready to bat

The Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis gets ready to bat during an intra-squad game in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2013) Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Centerfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis appeared to lose his chance at a roster spot when a bone bruise in his left knee sidelined him for three critical weeks in spring training. But manager Terry Collins hinted after last night's 6-2 win over the Astros that Nieuwenhuis might be given a chance to make a late run.

"Well, I'm going to play him again tomorrow," Collins said. "We need to keep getting him some at-bats. Again, when we're trying to put these final names together, he's a defender, that's for sure."

Nieuwenhuis finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout, plunging his average to .069. Nevertheless, he may position himself to make the roster, perhaps ahead of utilityman Omar Quintanilla.

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