The Mets acquired veteran left-handed pitcher C.J. Nitkowski from the Detroit Tigers on September 1, 2001. He made his Met debut two days later on September 3 and pitched one inning of scoreless relief against the Philadelphia Phillies to earn the victory. He would appear in a total of five games for the Mets in the final month of the season pitching 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run. His final record with the Mets was 1-0 with 0.00 ERA.
Following the season C.J. Nitkowski signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros.
While with the Mets Nitkowski wore number 40.
C.J. Nitkowski also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1995,1996, 1999-2001
Cincinnati Reds – 1995
Houston Astros – 1998
Texas Rangers – 2002,2003
New York Yankees – 2004
Atlanta Braves – 2004
Washington Nationals – 2005