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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has not played since May, is getting close to being activated from the IL. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 23, 3:13 PM:

Nimmo is in center field and leading off for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night after getting the day off on Thursday.

While Nimmo is getting closer to a return, it doesn't seem like his activation is imminent.

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Most everything about the Mets' second-half run has been remarkable, but the emergence of J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario, in particular, has bulked up a youthful position-player core that suddenly gives this franchise an entirely different feel, both in the present and the future. 

Add that duo to Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, and you can make the case the Mets have five cornerstone players, four of which are under contractual control at least through the 2023 season. 

And that's not counting Dom Smith, who probably looms now as a valuable off-season trade chip, or Brandon Nimmo, who figures to be an important player when he comes back from his neck injury, even if it's more for depth at this point. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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J.D. Davis

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

Here's what happened on Wednesday in case you missed it....


In a wild game at Citi Field, the Mets fell behind, 3-2, in the 10th inning after Luis Avilan served up a solo homer to Carlos Santana. But the Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th, with J.D. Davis capping things off with a walk-off hit to left field after an incredible at-bat against Brad Hand >> Read more 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets in the heat of the playoff chase, they have kept their heads above water despite being without some key offensive pieces lately. That looks like it's about to change.

As key players start to return, the Mets will have to clear room on the 25-man roster for each and map out a plan of attack regarding who plays regularly and what the lineup should be (and whether the lineup should be static or malleable).

This is a good problem to have, but there are some tough decisions coming.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)
Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it....


Behind a strong start from Steven Matz and a late offensive eruption, the Mets took down the Indians, 9-2, on Tuesday night >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has not played yet this season due to a variety of injuries, is starting a rehab assignment on Tuesday night with High-A St. Lucie, where he will serve as the DH.

"It's still a situation where it's gonna be day-to-day, obviously, but for him to get on the field and get his blood flowing in a big situation for him to this point is exciting," manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think we'll just see how he comes out of it and then make the schedule out the next day."

The 35-year-old Lowrie, who suffered a "low grade" right calf strain in July while rehabbing, has also dealt with knee and hamstring injuries to his left side this season.

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a couple transactions before starting their series with the Indians on Tuesday night. 

Rajai Davis is back with the big club, the team announced, as he was recalled with RHP Walker Lockett being sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse.

Davis played in four games with the Mets before he was sent down to Triple-A. He went 2-for-7 with a homer and three RBI during that span. In Triple-A, he owned a .287/.334/.410 slash line with eight homers and 28 RBIs over 84 games. 

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is taking the final step in his road back from injury, joining Triple-A Syracuse as he continues his rehab assignment, SNY's Andy Martino reports.

The 26-year-old Nimmo has been out since May 21.

Nimmo (back) began his rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie last week and played two games there -- serving as the DH on Aug. 16 and playing the outfield on Aug. 18. St. Lucie was off on Monday.

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The Mets (62-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Royals 4-1, they continue their three-game series in Kansas City on Saturday night at 7:15 PM. 

Here's what happened on Friday, in case you missed it...


Humid weather conditions in Kansas City frustrated Noah Syndergaard, who failed to reach seven innings for the first time in seven starts. "I felt like i had to battle the elements out there. I don't know what it is about humidity, but we do not get along," Syndergaard said. >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo singles in his first action since being sidelined with a neck injury.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo began his rehab assignment Friday night for the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets.

Serving as the DH and batting second, Nimmo went 1-3 with a walk. His one hit was a line-drive single up the middle.

The outfielder last played for the Mets on May 20, but has since been sidelined with a neck injury.

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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen was on hand in Atlanta before the team's second game against the Braves on Wednesday to deliver some promising news about his injured players. 

One of them was Brandon Nimmo, who has been out since May 20 as he's dealing with a bulging disc in his neck. Nimmo has been working hard to get back on the field, and Van Wagenen noted that day may be coming "very soon."

"Same story," Van Wagenen told reporters about where Nimmo is at in his rehab. "He took live at-bats today. He's been progressing well and we could see him in a rehab game very soon, as early as the next few days. But we'll keep a close eye on him and hopefully he can get back out there in the very near future."

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie is advancing as he continues rehabbing the assortment of injuries that have kept him out all season, with Brodie Van Wagenen saying Wednesday that a rehab assignment could be in the cards in the not-too-distant future.

According to Van Wagenen, Lowrie is "running, hitting, and fielding ground balls," and recently started facing live pitching during simulated games.

As far as Lowrie returning this season, Van Wagenen said "it's absolutely our hope and expectation that he can."

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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have launched themselves back in to a pennant race, which has opened the floodgates for questions about the current roster, schedule and missing players.

Here are four from Twitter, followed by my answers....

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

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These are giddy days for Mets' scouts, as the remarkable turnaround to this season is built largely around homegrown players, while their 2019 amateur draft received high grades from evaluators.

Indeed, the perception of the Mets' drafts over the last several years has improved dramatically, thanks to the recent emergence of Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Dom Smith, as well as Brandon Nimmo before his neck injury this season and the foundation-like presence of Michael Conforto in the middle of the lineup.

For that matter, VP of scouting Tommy Tanous says his department recently completed a study showing the Mets have produced more current big-league players, including some with other teams, than any organization in baseball since 2011.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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When the Mets announced Thursday's addition of Brad Brach, the club also announced that Brandon Nimmo was moved to the 60-day IL.

Nimmo has been out of the Mets' linuep since May 20, dealing with a bulging disk in his neck. He began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse in early June, but that ended abruptly as his neck issue quickly caused him to be shut down again. 

Now, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Nimmo is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next week. Puma also noted that Nimmo's rehab has taken longer than expected due to "other physical issues that popped up at various points."

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

For the past few weeks, the Mets have had a top outfield in the National League. Since the All-Star break, they've been the best, which is something I never expected to be saying when leaving Spring Training four months ago.

Their Opening Day outfield featured Michael Conforto in right field, Juan Lagares in center field and Brandon Nimmo in left field. The trio did well through the middle of May. However, after Nimmo went down with a bulging cervical disc, the group broke apart.

During the 30 games after Nimmo's injury, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway turned to six other fielders to fill the void, all which combined to be the third least-productive outfield in the NL. In fact, for most of late May, the outfield always included two of Carlos Gomez, Keon Broxton, Lagares or Aaron Altherr, two of whom (Gomez and Broxton) have since been designated for assignment and are now playing with other organizations. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets bolstered their bullpen on Thursday afternoon by signing veteran reliever Brad Brach.

The 33-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cubs this past weekend. After clearing waivers, the Mets scooped him up. According to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports, Brach had offers from eight other teams but decided to sign with the Mets.

Bach struggled with the Cubs this season before being DFA'd, pitching to 6.13 ERA in 42 games with a 1.77 WHIP. Over his nine-year career, though, he's been a quality reliever. An All-Star with Baltimore in 2016, Brach has a career ERA of 3.32 and has struck out 527 batters in 495.2 career innings.

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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is taking the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, but could still be about a month away from returning.

Nimmo, who had been shut down from baseball activities for 30 days on June 18 after suffering a setback during a rehab assignment, has ended that shutdown and began swinging a bat this week, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

While Nimmo has ended his shutdown, he is not expected to begin a rehab assignment until August at the earliest, notes DiComo.

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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Dominic Smith has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Mets this season in a part-time role, proving his value to the team but potentially forcing himself off of it in the process.

While there hasn't been any serious buzz yet about the Mets trading Smith any time soon, his name has been out there simply because he might not have a place to play with the Mets going forward. 

On Wednesday, Smith -- who is hitting .294/.376/.536 this season with nine homers in 173 plate appearances -- weighed in on the trade whispers.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)
Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer. 

However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either. 

But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night at 8:05 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Wednesday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Braves, Steven Matz held Atlanta in check until the sixth inning before faltering >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With news Tuesday that Brandon Nimmo will be shut down for 30 days came a potential new outfield alignment for the Mets -- one that could provide the team with an offensive jolt while sacrificing defense.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that with Nimmo now out long-term, a change could be coming in center field. And that change would have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the outfield and open up playing time for hot-hitting Dominic Smith.

Here's how things could shake out with each impacted player...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night in Atlanta at 7:20 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 10-2 win over the Braves, Jacob deGrom was dominant and came close to a shutout, while Pete Alonso went off at the plate >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets desperately need bullpen help, but it appears they were dealt another setback in making that happen. 

Justin Wilson, who has been on the IL since early May with elbow soreness, was scratched from his rehab assignment on Tuesday due to left elbow tightness, the Mets announced. 

Wilson, 31, was close to returning to the majors, rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse since last week. It is still unclear just how significant of a setback this may be. 

 

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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The bad news just keeps on coming for the Mets. 

Jeurys Familia is heading back to the IL with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder -- the same injury that placed him on the list last time around -- the team announced before Tuesday's contest with the Braves. 

Manager Mickey Callaway was asked about Familia's health on Tuesday, and he didn't give a straight answer...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets delivered some more bad news on OF Brandon Nimmo. 

After a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, Nimmo has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, per manager Mickey Callaway. Dr. Watkins also gave him a second epidural shot. 

As of now, Callaway added "there hasn't been any talk of surgery," to repair the bulging disc in his neck. It is worth noting Watkins is the same doctor that dealt with David Wright's spine issues.

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

After being scratched from the lineup while rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in Los Angeles Monday to meet with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Watkins is the same specialist who treated David Wright while he was dealing with his spine issues. 

Nimmo was in New York on Saturday, with manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen updating the situation. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robinson Cano (quad) appears to be getting closer to returning from the IL. 

The second baseman, who was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, was with the Mets on Saturday in Citi Field testing his left quad in the outfield and taking batting practice prior to the game. 

According to GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway, Cano was going through his pregame routine and they would assess on Sunday whether or not he is ready to be activated off the injured list. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano
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Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Cardinals Friday night, twice, losing a suspended game, 5-4, then the regularly scheduled game, 9-5. They return to face the Cardinals on Saturday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. 

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


After blowing the save in Thursday night's suspended game, Edwin Diaz returned for the 10th inning to pitch again only to allow another run and take the loss as well. In the regularly scheduled game, it was Jeurys Familia who cost the Mets, blowing a one-run lead in the eighth by allowing four runs, including two home runs, in a 9-5 loss. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Todd Frazier
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Brandon Nimmo was removed from Syracuse's lineup just before Friday's game against Gwinnett with neck soreness.

The 26-year-old was slated to play center field and bat leadoff tonight for Syracuse, but he was replaced by Rajai Davis just before first pitch. Nimmo was out of the lineup on Thursday, but he played in the first two games of the Mets' series with Charlotte.

Nimmo was originally placed on the 10-day Injured List on May 22nd with neck stiffness. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

 

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (33-34, 5.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what went down on Wednesday, in case you missed it:


With the Mets nearing full strength, how will be the odd-men-out when Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano -- who continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A on Wednesday -- return? Read more

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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robinson Canó remains out of the Mets' lineup on Saturday, but he did run on the field before the game and Mickey Callaway said he was hoping Canó would be available off the bench.

"He felt really good," Callaway said of Canó. "He continues to feel confident that he can run down the line. He's gonna swing the bat today again. Fielding ground balls he was great, range was good. We're hoping he's available late in the game like last night.

"I think there's improvement," Callaway added. "He felt really good yesterday too, but there was minimal improvement."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Robinson Cano
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (30-32, 5.0 GB in the NL East) open a three-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Wednesday in case you missed it:


In Thursday's win over the Giants, Zack Wheeler turned in another strong start and Todd Frazier lofted a go-ahead homer late >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Manager Mickey Callaway said OF Brandon Nimmo was "progressing really well," and it showed during the St. Lucie Mets' game Thursday night. 

Nimmo went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in the first game of his rehab assignment. He was the designated hitter and hit leadoff. 

The 26-year-old has been dealing with neck stiffness that turned out to actually be a bulging cervical disc and whiplash following an MRI. Still, Nimmo was able to undergo baseball activity this week, and the Mets saw enough progress to send him south to begin his rehab assignment...

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Time to deal Dom Smith? 00:02:27
HOFer Frank Thomas and former Met Mo Vaughn believe the Mets should deal Dom Smith. Check out their new clothing line at mvpcollections.com

Prior to the start of the Met's three-game set with he San Francisco Giants, manager Mickey Callaway offered a few injury updates.

Callaway said this afternoon that an MRI revealed that Dominic Smith has a sprained thumb, though the left-handed hitter should be available to come off the bench on Tuesday.

As for outfielder Brandon Nimmo, Callaway explained that he's been "progressing really well" and that he was participating in full baseball activities on Tuesday. Nimmo was placed on the Injured List on May 22nd with neck stiffness.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano
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Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)
Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was after midnight when a long-time scout of amateur talent finally had a couple of minutes to get on the phone, as the first day of the MLB Draft was coming to conclusion. I wanted to talk to this guy because it was only a few days ago that he had touted Brett Baty as one of a few players he was hoping his team would select. 

"He's about as dynamic a hitter as I can remember seeing when you consider his combination of power and pure hitting ability," the scout told me then. "I think he'll be there and he'd be a great get."

Turned out Baty wasn't there when that scout's team picked, because the Mets grabbed the lefty-slugging high school third baseman from Texas with the 12th pick Monday night. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Matt Kemp on joining Mets 00:01:23
New York Mets new outfielder Matt Kemp speaks from AAA Syracuse about joining the Mets and how he can help the team in the power department

Matt Kemp took a step closer to the Mets' roster on Friday, appearing in his first game for Triple-A Syracuse.

The 34-year-old veteran made his debut in the Syracuse Mets' lineup on Friday, one week after signing a minor-league deal with New York. Kemp was released by the Reds on May 4th, shortly after spending a stint on the Injured List for a broken rib.

Kemp went 1-6 with a single in the Mets' 13-4 victory over Pawtucket.

"I'm just happy to be back on the field," Kemp said before the game. "I haven't been playing ever since I broke my rib, so it's just good to get back out on the field and get my feet under me and play some baseball.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Amidst the wreckage of Wednesday night's devastating defeat for the Mets, Pete Alonso had a spectacular night in Los Angeles, as his two home runs tied him with Mark McGwire at 19 for the most ever by a rookie before June 1.

Oh by the way, Dom Smith raised his batting average to .370 with a 3-for-5 night in his first start in left field.

Make no mistake, there is no dilemma here, at least as it applies to first base: Alonso is the real thing and should be the Mets' middle-of-the-lineup slugger for the next decade or so. He has a chance, if healthy, to someday surpass Darryl Strawberry as their all-time home run leader.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Nimmo updates neck injury 00:01:31
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo gives an update on his neck injury diagnosis after seeing a doctor.

The Mets placed Brandon Nimmo on the IL on May 22 with his neck stiffness persisting and an MRI revealing inflammation. But the injury isn't just inflammation.

Nimmo, who first started dealing with the neck issue in mid-April (when he left a game against the Phillies due to a stiff neck), is also dealing with a bulging cervical disc and whiplash. 

"I'm 26 years old. I had never had neck problems like this before," Nimmo told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo . "I take a lot of really good care of my body to try and prevent that stuff from happening, to warm it up. And so I was just like, 'Man, why does this keep happening?'"

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets are adding even more outfield depth by signing former All-Star Matt Kemp to a minor-league deal, pending a physical. He'll initially report to Port St. Lucie.

Kemp was released by the Reds three weeks ago after Cincinnati acquired him from the Dodgers in December.

The 34-year-old, who was an All-Star just last season, was hitting .200 with one homer in 62 plate appearances with the Reds this season. Before he was released, he was placed on the injured list retroactive to April 22 with a broken rib. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Rajai Davis, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets are now without exactly one half of their regular starting lineup.

A day after Jeff McNeil expressed optimism he would be able to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, McNeil -- who has not yet had an MRI -- has been placed on the 10-day IL.

McNeil said Thursday that he feels the injury is minor and that he hopes to be back as soon as the minimum 10 days are up. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Rajai Davis pinch-hit HR 00:00:20
New York Mets outfielder Rajai Davis hits his first career pinch hit home run in his first ever Mets at bat to give Mets a 6-1 lead.

Playing for seven different teams in his 14-year career, one would think Rajai Davis has seen it all in the baseball world. But debuting for his eighth team in the Mets on Wednesday night was definitely one he will never forget. 

Davis has been playing for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets, and he woke up this morning in Allentown, PA like any other day. He arrived at Coca-Cola Park, and began warming up to face the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs -- the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. But while taking his BP, Davis was told that he was actually getting called up. 

The 38-year-old thought it was a joke, but it turns out Brandon Nimmo was put on the IL after an MRI revealed inflammation has been causing his neck stiffness. And the news came less than two hours before first pitch at Citi Field. So Davis had to pack his things as fast as possible, and hightail it to Flushing to join the big club...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brandon Nimmo was penciled in to leadoff and man center field for the Mets on Tuesday night, but then he was scratched as the team announced neck stiffness sat him down. 

After Tuesday's dramatic 6-5 victory, Nimmo said that he'll have an MRI on Wednesday and that his neck stiffness from earlier this season never totally went away.

"I'm a little bit concerned about it, but we're hoping that we'll find some answers tomorrow," Nimmo said. "It's been going off and on since really Philadelphia.

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