Brandon Nimmo confirmed that he was very much not smiling after getting sick due to chicken he cooked.
And while Nimmo conceded he "might have to think about someone else" handling the cooking for him from now on, he wasn't quite ready to concede the chicken illness was his fault.
"It could have been someone handling the chicken. ... I don't know, I cooked it all the way through -- it was white," Nimmo said Thursday morning after returning to Mets camp. "I don't have a meat thermometer so maybe I should invest in one of those," he added with a laugh. "An unfortunate night last night."
Nimmo, who lost four pounds while sick, said he started to feel ill at 1 a.m. Wednesday and didn't feel better until 9:30 a.m.
Before becoming afflicted, the poor guy was so proud of his culinary creation ("Chicken and sweet potato with a garlic herb, cooked it in olive oil, 400 degrees for like 25 minutes") that he shared a picture of it with his wife, Chelsea.
"I took a picture of it and sent it to my wife, because it looked good and tasted good. ... It did not end up well."
Nimmo said he noticed some of the fun being poked at him (which included Mickey Callaway's crack about teaching him how to cook), and said teammate Keon Broxton ribbed him with a hilariously disgusting line:
"Here's another way Nimmo can produce the 'runs'"
As far as a return to games, Nimmo said that could come as soon as Saturday, with the team just wanting him to gain back the weight he lost and get properly hydrated before returning to the lineup.
Between now and then, the guess is that Nimmo might purchase that meat thermometer he talked about.