Kirk, den Dekker call-up debate continues

NEW YORK -- Since the All-Star break, the Mets rank last in the majors in batting average (.196), 29th in slugging percentage (.303) and 28th in runs (45, in 16 games). So team officials continue to weigh promoting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and/or Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas in an attempt to provide a jolt.

Still, a team official said it remains to be determined whether the Mets make the call-up(s) before rosters expand on Sept. 1.

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The Mets continue to weigh promoting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and/or Matt den Dekker.

Otherwise, the Mets likely would have to dismiss Bobby Abreu and/or Chris Young.

Since a 4-for-4 performance on June 13 against the Padres, Abreu is batting .120 (6-for-50) and has one extra-base hit. He's particularly flunked in his primary role: pinch-hitting. Abreu is hitless in his past 22 at-bats as a pinch hitter and hitting .065 (2-for-31) in that role for the season.

Young, now late in a one-year, $7.25 million deal, is hitting .207 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 242 at-bats this season. He is starting his 10th game since July 21 in Monday's matinee series finale against the Giants.

den Dekker hit .420 (42-for-100) with one home run and 16 RBIs and had a .508 on-base percentage in 29 games in July with Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis was demoted to Las Vegas on July 24, when the Mets called up Wilmer Flores as a hedge after Ruben Tejada was beaned with a fastball in Seattle. Nieuwenhuis has now spent 10 days in the minors, making him eligible to return. He is batting .246 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 57 major league at-bats this season.