MIAMI -- Hitless in his last 18 at-bats, Curtis Granderson is out of the lineup Wednesday for the second time in four games. Both times Kirk Nieuwenhuis has started in right field over the slumping Granderson, whose average has slipped to .210.
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Terry Collins said he is trying to get Nieuwenhuis some playing time at this stage of the season. Still, Collins insisted, Granderson will be back in the lineup Friday in Cincinnati when the Mets next play. And Collins said Granderson remains his right fielder and will not start experiencing a diminished role.
Granderson is in the first season of a four-year, $60 million contract. He will receive $16 million apiece in 2015 and '16 and $15 million in '17.
Collins suggested the change to the NL and seeing different pitchers as well as the shift from hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to Citi Field have hindered Granderson.
"But the way he's approached it has been outstanding," Collins added. "That's why I think there's going to be a huge upside. I think he'll come into spring training with a positive attitude and be ready for next year."