JUPITER, Fla. -- Mets officials have seriously weighed carrying Kirk Nieuwenhuis as an extra bench player while Jonathon Niese is on the disabled list, although it looks like Andrew Brown will win out for that bench spot, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
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Nieuwenhuis entered Saturday's game hitting .294 with one homer and nine RBIs in 34 Grapefruit League at-bats. He also had seven walks and a .415 on-base percentage.
With Duda a lefty power bat for the bench, the righty-hitting Brown seems to make more sense than the lefty-hitting Nieuwenhuis for an extra spot until Niese returns for the sixth game.
Brown entered Saturday hitting .263 with two homers and nine RBIs in 38 at-bats.