Kirk Nieuwenhuis was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after tonight’s 2-1 loss to make room for Jenrry Mejia on the 25-man roster.
Terry Collins said Mejia would not be returning to the minors with the Mets needing to take the roster back to 25 players, and suggested the Mets were preparing to use a six-man rotation that includes Mejia for the foreseeable future.
This will leave the Mets with only four bench players.
Nieuwenhuis was hitless in his final 15 at-bats before the demotion and was hitting only .189 with the Mets this season.
Terry Collins also said what I’ve been dying to hear for months now… He said that Juan Lagares was ready to become the full-time center fielder. No need to tell you all, how overjoyed I am the news.