Official: Torres to DL, Kirk promoted

The Mets have placed center fielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf, the team announced Friday.

In a corresponding roster move, the Mets have promoted Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who will be available on Saturday and should make his MLB debut this weekend, from Triple-A Buffalo, confirming a report from Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Torres suffered his second strained left calf injury in 16 days while pursuing a fly ball off the bat of Braves shortstop Tyler Pastornicky in the seventh inning of Thursday's 1-0 victory.

He will report to the team's spring-training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Friday to begin rehab.

Torres originally suffered the injury in a March 20 spring training game.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada will step into the leadoff spot in the lineup in Torres' absence, manager Terry Collins said. Tejada hit .222 in seven games in the No. 1 spot last season.

Nieuwenhuis, 24, hit .298 with six home runs and 14 RBIs last season at Buffalo before requiring surgery for a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. He was slowed in spring training by an oblique strain, but returned to action on the minor league side March 29.

It is likely Nieuwenhuis will split time in center with Scott Hairston, depending on matchups.

The team’s third-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player draft, Nieuwenhuis went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base for the Bison on Thursday night.