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.
If Nimmo begins a rehab assignment on or around August 1, he could conceivably return to the Mets some time during the second week of August.
Right before he was shut down, Nimmo had visited with noted surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins (the same doctor who treated David Wright for his spine issues) and received a second epidural shot.
While Nimmo's injury seemingly worsened while he was attempting his initial comeback, there has not yet been talk of potential surgery, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said in June.
Nimmo initially tried playing through the injury, which he suffered on April 17, but he landed on the IL on May 21 and has been rehabbing ever since. Overall this season, Nimmo is hitting .200/.344/.323 with three homers and seven doubles in 43 games.
With Nimmo out, it has opened up a semi-regular outfield spot for Dominic Smith, who has been starting most games in left field while Michael Conforto mans center and Jeff McNeil in right.