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Kirk Nieuwenhuis sent to Vegas

NEW YORK -- Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas by the New York Mets.

The Mets had claimed Nieuwenhuis off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels last week for Triple-A outfield depth. He began the season with the Mets before being designated for assignment and then traded to the Angels for cash. Nieuwenhuis needed to pass through waivers to be sent to the minors because he is out of options.

He is a combined 6-for-60 between the Mets and Angels this season.