Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/7/12
Well, that didn’t take long. It took only seven innings into the 2012 season for the Mets to suffer the injury bug, as centerfielder Andres Torres strained his calf-the same calf that bothered him all spring-in the seventh inning of Thursday’s opener vs. the Braves. As a result, Torres is now headed to the 15-day DL. Torres has long been victimized by injuries, so I guess this was his initiation to the Mets, who themselves (as well know) have been snake bit by injuries. Now the Mets will call on Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who perhaps not so coincidentally has his own issues with staying healthy (recently battling an oblique injury this spring), to take over Torres role as the team’s center fielder. Is “Captain Kirk” ready for the spotlight? First off, Nieuwenhuis is no savior or that highly touted of a prospect. What he is though is the Mets most logical choice to take over center field. Nieuwenhuis has the athleticism and strength to make up for the loss of Torres. Nieuwenhuis, who was ta...
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