The New York Mets are currently short-handed and heavily affected by injuries both on offense and pitching. Brandon Nimmo, the team starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, couldnâ€™t recover from a finger issue and was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday.
Nimmo injured his left hand during an at-bat against Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, and while he made an appearance as a defensive substitution on Sunday, he hasnâ€™t been able to play since.
He is joining fellow hitter JD Davis and pitcher Carlos Carrasco on the injured list. The Mets also had a couple of scares with Marcus Stroman (hamstring) and Jacob deGrom (right lat) but neither problem appears to be long-term.
As for Nimmo, the injured list placement is retroactive to May 3, so he wonâ€™t be eligible to return to the Mets before May 13.
The Metsâ€™ outfielder felt his hand â€˜explodingâ€™
The dynamic outfielder said to the Metsâ€™ official site that he felt that his hand â€œexplodedâ€ after fouling off a Wheeler fastball. Tests revealed only a left index finger bruise, but Nimmo hasnâ€™t felt quite right since.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s going to be long-term,â€ Nimmo said that afternoon. â€œI think when we look back on this in the scheme of the season, itâ€™s going to be a little blip. But obviously, I hate to miss any games, and itâ€™s very, very frustrating for me because I try to prepare for these things.â€
â€œHe just still feels it,â€ manager Luis Rojas told MLB.com. â€œHeâ€™s not able to hit â€¦ so the usage is just limited.â€
Nimmo was mired in a 1-for-17 slump before getting hurt, but he had been having a productive season overall. The Metsâ€™ leadoff hitter is hitting .323 with seven runs scored, a home run, eight RBI, a couple of stolen bases and a .882 OPS.