Nieuwenhuis a late scratch due to stiff neck

Nieuwenhuis a late scratch due to stiff neck

OAKLAND -- Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was a late scratch from Wednesday's game against the A's with a stiff neck.

Nieuwenhuis, who began feeling neck pain on the Mets' cross-country flight Monday night from New York to Oakland, received a treatment of electrical nerve stimulation on Wednesday morning. He said he was feeling "much better" at the time and apparently convinced manager Terry Collins, who slotted him into the lineup as his starting right fielder.

But Collins altered the lineup shortly thereafter, shifting Curtis Granderson to right field and inserting Eric Young Jr. into left.

Nieuwenhuis, 27, is batting .233 with two homers in 84 plate appearances split amongst four Major League stints. He has spent most of the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Collins also gave regular center fielder Juan Lagares a routine day of rest on Wednesday, starting Matt den Dekker at that position.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.