CJ Nitkowski

New York native Nitkowski, looking for a second life in Queens

by Steve Simineri

The name may sound familiar; 39 year old southpaw C.J. Nitkowski , who played in Flushing during the 2001 season is quietly working his way back with Triple-A Buffalo, after being promoted from the Mets Double-A affiliate on Monday.

Since last appearing in the majors with the Washington Nationals during the 2005 season, the St. John’s University graduate had played one full season for the Pirates Triple-A affiliate, two seasons in Japan, two in South Korea and another recovering from a shoulder injury, before signing a minor league deal with the Mets in July.