Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is still dealing with soreness in his neck, he told reporters before Wednesday's game, and has taken a muscle relaxer to help.
Manager Mickey Callaway said he isn't too worried at this point about Nimmo -- who is sitting on Wednesday and will get an extra day of rest with the Mets off on Thursday. And Nimmo doesn't think the neck issue will lead to a stint on the injured list.
When the Mets took Steven Matz out of the game in the first inning on Tuesday night, Nimmo left with him -- walking to the dugout with Mets head trainer Brian Chicklo.
Nimmo said after the game that he had been battling soreness all day.
"I had just a little bit of soreness this morning, but it was developiong in the afternoon," he said. "Just got it worked on a little bit. Then did eveyrthing normal, took batting practice outside. But then the first swing I felt my neck locked up," he said. "I wasn't able to run really well and turn my head. So yeah I was kind doing my best to get there. At that point I was just trying to fight through it."
After a dreadful early season slump where he was racking up strikeouts at an alarming rate, Nimmo has broken out of it, raising his average from .150 on April 11 to .241. Overall, he is hitting .241/.388/.463 with three homers and three doubles in 17 games (54 at-bats) this season.
"I'm not sure exactly what the thought process is, but at this point it seems like it's just the muscle," he said Tuesday night. "For me, just taking it day by day. Not really sure what the protocol is yet."
The Mets are currently operating with a four-man bench, and with Nimmo dealing with the neck issue, that bench is really three players -- including whoever the backup catcher is that day. So if Nimmo is ready to return on Friday, great. If not, the Mets will need to seriously ponder whether to place him on the IL.