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Nieuwenhuis On The Mend

Like Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was on the short list of potential potential outfielders available from the minor leagues when the 2011 season began but suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder by mid-July. Now on the mend, he's inching his way closer to resuming baseball activities.

"I basically just tore my labrum in a couple of different spots," Nieuwenhuis said. "It wasn't healing up very well so we had to go in there with surgery and get it fixed. I'm feeling great now. "I've been rehabbing for the past two or three months and hopefully will be cleared within the next few weeks to start baseball activities." He had been putting together another solid season prior...