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.
Nimmo's new diagnosis made sense after his neck problems kept bothering him. It could explain why his slash line fell from 241/.388/.463 to .200/.344/.323 before he hit the IL.
Now, with the Mets knowing what the issue truly is, Nimmo can hopefully return without experiencing this ailment again. And even more importantly, maybe his production will return to normal -- if not better.