Nimmo suffered a right hamstring pull while playing for Italy in the WBC, but has recovered quicker than initially expected.
Nimmo tested out the hamstring on Wednesday by hitting and running and felt fine afterwards.
Original Report – March 16 8:00 AM
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo suffered a right hamstring pull Sunday night in team Italy’s World Baseball Classic game. After the game it was diagnosed as a grade-one strain and Nimmo was sent back to Port St. Lucie, and was expected to be shut down for about 14 days.
He shut himself down immediately putting his team before his country. That move may have saved the left-handed hitting outfielder some serious and long rehab.
Nimmo was evaluated by team doctors Wednesday morning. The results came back much better than expected. Despite initial reports that it is unlikely he will be back for Opening Day, it is now being said that it is probable Nimmo could be back if needed for Opening Day.
Nimmo told Kristie Ackert of the New York Post of his hamstring, “It’s good. I am going to go through active warmup today, go test it out and see what we’ve got… I think the saving grace was that when I felt, I kind of just shut it down.”
Mets manager Terry Collins is very hopeful that Nimmo will be able to return this spring. Brandon is currently competing for a spot on the big league roster as a left handed hitter off the bench and the fifth outfielder. Collins told reporters, “I need to see him play, you can’t sit out for the next two weeks and make our team.”
Nimmo ran and hit on Wednesday and felt good afterwards. The next step would be sprinting which he expects to do in the next few days.
Late last season Nimmo came up to Queens and filled that role very nicely. In 73 total at-bats, he hit .274 with a .338 on-base percentage. Coming off the bench, he was 6-for-12. In Triple-A Las Vegas, he hit .352 with 11 home runs and a .964 OPS.
Nimmo told reporters that he really worked on hitting coming off the bench last season. He talked to veterans David Wright and Curtis Granderson, and a very successful career pinch hitter Kelly Johnson.
Nimmo told Ackert, “My goal is to be in the big leagues. I know we have a lot of guys in here and I understand it’s a numbers game and it’s out of my control, but I am doing all I can control to make the team.”