According to manager Terry Collins, center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has officially made the Mets active roster as the fourth outfielder.
But what is most surprising is that he named Collin Cowgill as the Mets everyday center fielder.
It was expected that Collins would work Cowgill in a platoon role, but it looks like with few options, the Mets will hand him the everyday gig and hope for the best.
Lucas Duda will man left field on a regular basis and Marlon Byrd will start everyday in right field.
Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter will be the Mets reserve outfielders and work off the bench.
Adam Rubin adds:
The decision to try Cowgill full time in center, as well as the decision to carry Nieuwenhuis, signals the Mets were not comfortable with Valdespin as a fielder — at least with Duda also playing in the outfield.