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Kirk Nieuwenhuis | Outfielder | #10

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 222
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Azusa Pacific
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered, doubled twice, and plated six runs in Monday’s 24-3 drubbing of the Mariners.
Yes, that score was not a misprint. The Brewers actually had 23 runs through the first five innings. Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 with two runs scored on the afternoon. With an RBI double and a three-run homer, he drove in four runs in the fourth inning alone as the Brewers batted around and then some. Nieuwenhuis saw significant time in the Brewers’ outfield last season while putting up a .709 OPS over 125 games, but he’s expected to begin 2017 in a reserve role. Mar 13 - 9:02 PM

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) said Sunday that he'll enter spring training without any restrictions.

Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery after last season but is 100 percent recovered from the procedure. He's expected to make the Brewers' Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder.
Jan 29 - 3:26 PM

Brewers general manager David Stearns said that Kirk Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery after the close of the 2016 season.

Nerve release surgeries and sports hernia surgeries are similar, but the good news for Nieuwenhuis is that the former has a speedier recovery attached to it. He initially injured his abdomen in mid-September. It would appear that the 29-year-old outfielder is on track for spring training barring a setback.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Brewers and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

It's a split contract, as he'll make that much if he's in the majors but his salary will fall to $275,000 if he's in the minors. Nieuwenhuis hit just .209/.324/.385 for the Brewers last season but did pop 13 homers.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Rockies.

It was the first plate appearance for Nieuwenhuis since he strained his abdomen in mid-September. He had a decent year as a utility outfielder with the Brewers and should be brought back in a similar role for 2017. The 29-year-old is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 09:21:00 AM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis feels better after receiving a cortisone injection in his strained abdomen.

He's hoping to return at some point this year but that seems a bit ambitious with only eight games left on the schedule. Nieuwenhuis has mostly been a non-factor this year, hitting just .210 with 13 HR, 44 RBI and eight steals.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been diagnosed with a sports hernia.

He's been out for nearly a week with what the Brewers had been calling an abdominal strain, but now we have a more specific diagnosis. Nieuwenhuis was given a cortisone shot Wednesday and still hopes to make it back this season, but it doesn't look like a given.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 05:53:00 PM

An MRI taken Monday on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' abdomen turned up negative.

Nieuwenhuis has been on the shelf since last Friday with abdominal discomfort, but it sounds like he could return to action at some point this week. The outfielder is slashing .210/.325/.386 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases in 124 games this season for Milwaukee.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (abdomen) will miss the remainder of the weekend series against the Cubs.

He left Friday's game with a abdominal strain that has apparently been bothering him for a few days already. With Keon Broxton also injured on Friday the Brewers will roll with a depleted outfield for the next few days.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 06:24:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis left Friday's game against the Cubs with an abdominal strain.

That's after Keon Broxton departed with a fractured wrist. The Brewers were forced to move Domingo Santana to center field, a position he hadn't played all season. It's unclear how much, if any, time Nieuwenhuis might miss.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 05:49:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer Wednesday as the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1.

Nieuwenhuis cares little for singles, but he's been good for 13 homers and 52 walks in 307 at-bats while playing solid defense in center field this year. That's made him a nice little player for the Brewers. Still, he should play less in September with Keon Broxton needing at-bats and Domingo Santana back from the disabled list.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 11:13:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run home run, his 12th of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

Nieuwenhuis thwarted Chad Kuhl's shutout bid with the two-run dong in the seventh inning. Keon Broxton's resurgence, coupled with Hernan Perez' emergence and the presence of Ryan Braun in left field, has left Nieuwenhuis as sort of the odd man out in the Brewers' outfield lately, but he's still found plenty of at-bats with Braun's injury issues. The 29-year-old is hitting .214/.327/.405 in 109 games overall.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:24:00 AM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis collected a three-run homer and a double in Thursday's loss.

Of course he did; he was facing the Cubs. He's batting .353 and has hit five of his 11 homers against the Cubs this year. Nieuwenhuis is probably due less playing time going forward, since the Brewers want to see what they have in Keon Broxton in center field. Still, there are seven more games coming up against the Cubs next month...
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI as the Brewers won on Saturday.

He hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and followed that up with a three-run bomb to put the game out of reach in the eighth inning. He is now batting .207 with seven homers and seven steals in 84 games.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 10:26:00 PM

Kirk Nieuwenhuis swatted a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Friday.

Keon Broxton tied things up with his first MLB homer in the fifth before Nieuwenhuis took Max Scherzer deep in the sixth to put the Brewers in front. It was a bit of a flashback for the Nationals, as he hit a crushing go-ahead homer against them last September while with the Mets. Nieuwenhuis struck out in his other three at-bats on Friday, which has been the norm for him this year. The 28-year-old has provided some patience and speed, but he's hitting just .224 through 64 games.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 11:51:00 PM

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2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
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