Mets give Brandon Nimmo day off while dealing with stiff neck

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Brandon Nimmo’s stiff neck is the newest ailment the Mets are monitoring in these remaining hours of spring coaching. 

The outfielder was given a time off Monday, after coping with soreness within the neck yesterday. He’s additionally unlikely to play Tuesday’s Grapefruit League finale, in response to supervisor Buck Showalter, giving him a possibility for additional relaxation. 

“I anticipate him in there Thursday,” Showalter mentioned, referring to the season opener in Washington. 

The supervisor mentioned he was conscious of the bulging disk in Nimmo’s neck that landed him on the injured checklist in 2019. Nimmo additionally had neck stiffness early in camp that subsided, in response to Showalter. 

Although Starling Marte has in depth center-field expertise, Showalter saved him in proper on Monday to obtain further reps on the place he’ll possible play essentially the most within the common season. Mark Canha performed heart subject with Jeff McNeil in left. 

Brandon Nimmo is coping with a stiff neck.

Showalter possible received’t unveil his rotation plans till Wednesday, a day after Max Scherzer’s bullpen session to check his proper hamstring. Scherzer was scratched from his Saturday begin due to the hamstring discomfort. If Scherzer is able to pitch, the supervisor might doubtlessly schedule him for Thursday or Friday, with Jacob deGrom’s alternative beginning the opposite sport. Tylor Megill, Trevor Williams and David Peterson are the primary candidates for deGrom’s rotation spot. 

Pete Alonso arrived to the Ballpark of the Palm Seashores and realized his spikes wouldn’t be arriving. It pressured the primary baseman to make an emergency run to a neighborhood sporting items retailer about two hours earlier than first pitch. 

“Are you able to think about sitting in Dick’s Sporting Items about 10 o’clock and right here comes Pete Alonso strolling by means of to purchase a pair of spikes?” Showalter mentioned. 

Tomas Nido’s robust camp, each on the plate and dealing with pitchers, hasn’t gone unnoticed by Showalter. The catcher has posted a 1.023 OPS this spring with two homers (considered one of which isn’t mirrored within the statistics as a result of the umpires aren’t allowed to evaluate calls in spring coaching). 

“I do know [Nido] has at all times had an excellent status defensively and I can see why, however he’s made some strides,” Showalter mentioned. “I guess he’s up there towards the highest [in hitting]. While you get these two issues you’re in fine condition.”


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