NEW YORK -- Johan Santana is not the only Mets player out for the season.
Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who starred early in his rookie campaign with the Mets, will not play again this year in an effort to rest the partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Doctors in New York prescribed the period of rest for Nieuwenhuis, who initially tried to rehab his injury in Florida.
Nieuwenhuis injured his foot running up the first-base line Aug. 3 in his fourth game back with Triple-A Buffalo, mere days after the Mets optioned the scuffling outfielder. Though he garnered early National League Rookie of the Year consideration for his .297 average, six home runs and superlative outfield defense through June 15, Nieuwenhuis batted.123 with one home run after that date, striking out in more than 44 percent of his plate appearances.
As a result, the Mets sent him back to Buffalo, where his season came to a premature end.