Found April 24, 2012 on MetsOnline:

The News:

The Mets have placed Jason Bay on the 15-Day DL with a nondisplaced fracture of a rib on the left side and recalled infielder Zach Lutz.

— New York Mets (@Mets) April 24, 2012

My Thoughts:

First of all, two of the Mets’ Opening Day starting outfielders are now on the DL and the other one is struggling.

Second of all, the Mets now have three prospects on their roster–Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin, and Zach Lutz.  Two of those prospects are not going to play everyday, which is a problem because they need to get plate appearances in.

For now, I think we will see Scott Hairston and Mike Baxter in left, Nieuwenhuis in center, and Duda in right.

In fact, the Mets just announced today’s starting lineup:

Tuesday lineup vs. Miami: Nieuwenhuis-CF, Tejada-SS, Murphy-2B, Wright-3B, Duda-RF, Davis-1B, Baxter-LF, Thole-C, Santana-LHP

— New York Mets (@Mets) April 24, 2012

Once Andres Torres returns from injury, which will be before Jason Bay returns, he and Nieuwenhuis will probably both start. But, what happens when Bay comes back also?

Personally, I believe that the best three outfielders on the team should start. So, if Bay, Torres, Duda, and Nieuwenhuis are all healthy at the same time and Bay, Torres, and Duda are playing the best, they should start. If Duda, Nieuwenhuis, and Bay are playing the best they should start. If Torres, Nieuwenhuis, and Duda are playing the best, they should start, and so on…

The Mets are obviously going to watch Kirk Nieuwenhuis extremely carefully these next few weeks. He will be on this team if he can hit lefties. If he can’t, but he absolutely crushes righties, he will be on this team. Average is not going to cut it.

Remember, the Mets traded for Andres Torres so they are going to give him a chance to play. The Mets have Bay next season for $18 million, so he will get a chance to play. They can do whatever they want with Kirk. He can be sent down without the team losing anything.

It’s always a problem when business dictates baseball decisions. So, I’ll leave you with what I said earlier:

The three best outfielders on the team should start when Bay, Torres, Duda, and Nieuwenhuis are healthy.


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