The Mets have returned one of last year’s top contributors ahead of Sunday’s game, activating outfielder Brandon Nimmo from the injured list, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic. He’ll be joined by a number of other roster additions, which necessitate the removal of Donnie Hart, who has been designated for assignment and is no longer on the 40-man roster.
One of last year’s top performers, Nimmo entered the year looking like an integral piece of the Mets’ future. Thus far, things haven’t gone according to plan in 2019 for the 26-year-old. Though he’s been troubled by the effects of a bulging cervical disk, Nimmo failed to duplicate last year’s breakout performance in his first 161 plate appearances. He landed on the injured list in late May after slashing an underwhelming .200/.344/.323 through 43 games.
Without last year’s breakout star, there’s been a revolving door in center field for the Mets. Holdover Juan Lagares has received the lion’s share of the playing time, though his untenable .560 season OPS has forced the front office to look elsewhere for options. Keon Broxton, Carlos Gomez, and Rajai Davis have all gotten looks in center, though none has offered a significant upgrade over Lagares. With Nimmo back in the mix, the team should gain some much-needed stability at the position, including a considerable boost in offensive production, assuming Nimmo can regain the form that made him a 2018 fan favorite.
Hart, meanwhile, only managed to contribute one inning of work to the Mets, his second team this year. Since breaking in with the Orioles in 2016, Hart has tossed 89 Major League innings and has posted a 3.13 ERA. A combination of low strikeout numbers and subpar control doesn’t make Hart a sexy reliever, but he’s a southpaw who owns a career 54.1% groundball rate, meaning that there may be a spot for him on some team’s 40-man roster.