Brandon Nimmo is week-to-week with a low grade strain in his right knee and ankle, Mets general manager Billy Eppler told reporters, including Joel Sherman of the New York Post. His status for Opening Day remains unclear.
Nimmo, 30 later this month, re-signed with the Mets on an eight-year, $162MM deal this winter. The left-hander is coming off another stellar year in which he hit .274/.367/.433 with 16 home runs over 151 games. That last figure is important, as it was the first time Nimmo had topped 100 games since the 2018 season, and only the second time of his career. With that in mind, there’s reasonable cause for concern when an injury-prone player is dealing with any injury, even if this one doesn’t appear to be overly serious.
Having said that, Opening Day is now less than two weeks away, and with Nimmo set to be reevaluated in a week this development would throw a fair amount of doubt over his status for the Mets’ opener. If that is the case, the Mets could use Starling Marte in center field to begin the year, with Tommy Pham and Mark Canha handling the corners. Tim Locastro would likely be the first cab off the rank as a backup outfielder, although one other option for the team would be to use Darin Ruf as their fourth outfielder until Nimmo returns, paving the way for rookie Brett Baty to make the Opening Day roster.
While it remains unclear how much, if any, of the regular season Nimmo will miss, it’s another blow for a Mets side that recently lost star closer Edwin Diaz to a season-ending injury and veteran starter Jose Quintana to a long-term injury.
Mets fans have had enough. Give them a break injury gods!
After how awful they are in the comments here?
Don’t worry about the Mets’ injuries. Cohen will just buy new ones. Or clone the players on the IL.
Signing an 8 year contract with an injury prone guy that’s only been able to manage 2 full seasons… I think they brought this one on themselves.
@case I 100% agree with you. They way overpaid for a injury prone soon to be corner outfielder. 3 years at 45 million with a team option for a 4th year at 15 million would have been generous. The Mets got smoked in this deal, just like the Lindor one
Your generous for offering him that. My offer would be 1 year minor league deal dude is entirely over rated even when healthy hes an average backup utility guy at best.
put it in the books
Lindor is the best SS signing in recent memory. If he was a free agent this past season he would have got 4 more years than the Mets gave him. And he just had an awesome year so you’re dumb for saying Lindor’s deal was a bad signing.
For a guy every year has a high OBP, run hard all the time, works to get better, uses alot of pitches per AB but let’s talk about him getting injured, which insurance will pay. So what’s the downside, he got hurt running hard. That’s what you want a player to do.
The downside is most teams (maybe not Cohen) don’t have multiple CF on 160 mill type deals. Even if you can recoup financial losses your offense still suffers.
put it in the books
I would think any team losing a $160m offensive player is going to have their offense suffer as a result.
put it in the books
Anderson isn’t even close to the player Lindor is. That’s gotta be a joke. Plus he’s never healthy.
We need bigger bases too many injuries….
Mets fans? Have you given any thought to the fact that Timmy Trumpet is also out for the season?
I’d be Glad to trade Timmy for a saxophone player to be named later.
Better check that St. Lucie water supply….?
I see ads forthcoming.
Were you or a love one that attended Spring Training at Port St. Lucie as a player between the years of 1988 and 2013?
Call the Law offices of Steve Cohen 1-800 276-4878 for you risk free consultation. Operators are standing by.Thats 1 800 ARM HURT
Not great – but NYM fans can rest assured that these things tend to even out across league and more importantly division
For sure. Phillies backend rotation is pretty banged up. Braves rotation is always hurt. Depth is king.
Sid Bream Speed Demon
Braves rotation is “always” hurt? Did I miss injuries or are you just projecting? And, unlike the LOLMETS, when a Braves player gets hurt, they have a suitable fill in.
The Braves had key starters injured the last 4 years, and still managed to win. Their depth is super impressive.
RHP Michael Soroka (right hamstring tightness)
So who’s the replacement
@metfan4ever The Braves don’t need a “replacement” for a pitcher who hasn’t thrown a ML pitch in the last 2 seasons (and only pitched in 3 games in 2020 before his achilles tendon injury.) Soroka isn’t being counted on to be a starter in the Braves rotation. He has to prove he’s healthy and can still be effective after the mechanical changes he underwent to try and stop being so injury prone. He’ll be doing that at AAA until he proves he can still get ML hitters out.
@VonPurpleHayes depth is king, where is our depth in the bullpen? Our main guys already sucked, this “depth” makes up the worst bullpen in baseball. It was Diaz and Ottavino, everyone else stinks, including 40 year old David Robertson, he looked finished last year in the playoffs and is a year older now. Drew Smith and Nogosek are gonna save the season? I have a better chance of winning the lottery then those guys contributing. The only contributing they are gonna do is piling on to the loss column. This team is finished unless a major trade is coming
I didn’t really have confidence in Robertson last year, and he failed the eye test, but if you look at his actual stats, he was far from done. I think you’re underestimating the Mets. They’re good enough to win with a bullpen by committee.
The White Sox are going through pretty much the same thing. They’ll be without their elite closer (Hendriks) for the season and will also have a closer by committee situation. The only difference is, the Sox are not a contender
@Avenger65 The whitesox are a better all around team then the Mets. Whitesox bullpen is better, I’d rather have Lynn, Cease, and Giolito over Scherzer, Verlander, and Senga. Whitesox hitting is better too.
1st Alonso > Vaughn MTS
2nd McNeil > Andrus MTS
SS Anderson > Lindor (Lindor is much better fielder but Anderson is a much better hitter despite his low OBP skills) WS
3rd Moncada > Escobar WS
LF Benitendi > Canha WS
CF Robert > Injured Nimmo WS
RF Marte > Colas MTS
DH Jiminez >>> Vogelbach WS
Defense is the only statistic where the Mets are better than the Whitesox. Whitesox just need a real manager
What are you smoking up there in Queens? The White Sox are a .500 team. The Mets won 101.
So why did the whitesox suck last year. They’re in a very winnable division and can’t win it. All those names and not making the playoffs. The Mets are in a very competitive division and won 101. And the WhiteSucks, how many wins did they have.
@metfan4ever their manager was the problem like I said. Mets couldnt even finish .500 with Rojas till they got Buck. LaRussa was too old to manage. Whitesox with Showalter win 95 games. Mets are worse this year and completely shattered expectations last year + their division got better
I guess that it comes down to pitching and defense. It isn’t all about hits but it is also about run prevention. I think the Mets need to commit to Peterson every 5th day. And if Britton is signed ( Big IF ) and he is still throwing ground ball outs (another Big If) then they should have enough defense to survive some close games, closer committee or not.
Nah, they can always go buy another player.
Put gris-gris on your doorstep
Soon you’ll be in the gutter……..
“the cab off the rank”? I’ll never understand NZ baseball slang.
The different English expressions can be confusing at times but I mostly find them kind of fun. This one (“the cab off the rank”) probably just means, “next in line” or “next man up”, right? I imagine the writer tries to avoid expressions and vocabulary that Americans wouldn’t be familiar with, but they slip by him once in a while! I also imagine if I were in New Zealand I wouldn’t be sure what expressions were used both there and in my native US.
I like the British/English sland and their usage of words. I’m more familiar with that. I know NZ and other English speaking countries all have their own slang and I find it very interesting. I did catch onto what Simon meant, I’d just never heard that expression. I read a story recently and the word “round” instead of “around” was used and I immediately knew it was Simon.
humphrey x boegarts
yeah means next one in line. I always thought it was an American expression though as we call cabs taxis
Proof that money cant buy happiness.
Money can’t buy happiness…but it can rent it for long periods of time and thats good enough for me
You can’t blame the WBC for this one.
And what does it mean when “Simon says” Locastro would be the “first cab off the rank” – is there a typo somewhere there? I get that he could be “next man up”, I just don’t get his expression or word choice. Idiom etimology?
I wondered about that phrase too! Apparently it’s a phrase of Australian origin meaning “first person to take advantage of something”:
Yeah but this ain’t Australia, sounds like a putz. That’s new yorkeese.
the author is from New Zealand, putz
“This ain’t Australia”
Too funny. Hey Jim. We have the internet down here. Amazing, but true.
Thank you for doing the googling that I was too lazy to do. And thank you for not out-pointing that etymology has a “y” not an “i”, so that I could correct my own typo
Yes!!! First Cohen’s Mets lost their newly re-signed $102M RP, and now their newly re-signed $162M CF is out! I’d love to see Verlander and Scherzer fall next. The 2023 Mets would be much more interesting as a total tire fire!
Saratoga, you’re disgusting. You better hope karma isn’t real.
If Karma is real, lots of people have far more to worry about than I do.
That’s one way to rationalize it, I guess.
I guess too.
That’s what most fools think. Fool on.lol
deGrom Texas Ranger
Mets journalists (Jon “Arson Judge” Heyman) make it easy to hate the Mets. I know their writers don’t necessarily speak for their entire fanbase, but it’s irrational to not expect some of that hate to bounce back.
steven st croix
Martino is a clown, also. This is a good post by deGrom!
This is why life was so much better before, if you talked outta line you just got smacked and the person learned a valuable lesson. Now? No accountability behind a keyboard. So the mute button it is. Some people are so SAD.
I too find his comments disgusting. But is smacking someone that much better? Are we really claiming violence is how to handle this?
Irony or hypocrisy?
How dare somebody think or say something that makes our feelings ouchy! The only answer to someone saying things I don’t like is to smash them in the face. 🙂
Fair point and i accept the stupidity of my comment, I answered a stupid comment with a stupid comment. I guess now it’s fair and we can move on.
I didn’t find it stupid. If you are in a physical room full of physical people and someone in that room is repeatedly and deliberately annoying the crowd for their own selfish entertainment, then a smack in the face is entirely appropriate.
Well good for you, fruitcake! Luckily the internet lets us get away with snarky comments without the face smacking 🙂
U Can't C Me
A self admitted fruitcake calling someone else a fruitcake lol. I do respect him knowing who he is, stay in the safe lane chumpy.
Very lucky. I find you pretty funny though. There’s a wit there that i can respect.
U Can't C Me
Some are ok with being a self proclaimed *****. No shame and no manhood, but if sara is going to openly be that way then its going to be treated that way. In life people cant have it both ways unless… well you know.
I am a woman. An actual woman, not an “identify as” woman. Born this way.
It made me laugh (well not “laugh out loud”, that would be weird). Giggle. It made me giggle to see you take a dig at my “manhood”. All you tough guy types must go around thinking all sports fans must be men. Silly boy. I’ll bet you have a tough guy beard, and I’ll bet you are paunchy. Amirite?
So we know Saratoga is a d word. It rhymes with pike.
U Can't C Me
The way it types is an accurate assessment of who it is, a Karen that needs attention/help. Im happy to give it the attention it needs
It was one time, in college. Okay a few times in college. And a few after college. But is hating lesbians somehow okay on this site?
U Can't C Me
Is spewing hatred and wishing injury on ANY living being somehow okay on this site? Bad it, sit.
I root for the Mets to lose, but not for their players to get injured. That being said, when you sign players with track records of injuries (Nimmo) or who are much older (Scherzer), or both (Verlander, recent major surgery and older), you do assume greater risk
A good way for the Mets to lose is for their $160M players to get hurt.
All you have to do is to look at the headlines on MLBTR every day to see that just about every player is getting injured. Anyone who plays sports is subject to injuries. I don’t understand all of the oblique strains, but arm and shoulder injuries are not surprising because when you throw the ball your arm is in an unnatural position. It just seems that these are happening at a much larger rate than twenty or so years ago.
Maybe it would make more sense to report who isn’t injured.
Gonna have to find a new Kneemo before he can play again.
Pointing out the painfully obvious..But Why is it so many people got butt hurt that Diaz got hurt during the WBC.If just the mere fact it happened while he was hopping up and down,, it was going to eventually happen during a SP game if he didn’t participate in the WBC.
It just seems so silly to do the rhythmic jumping that so many players do. What is the benefit of the post-game rhythmic jump thing? Is that the only way to celebrate a win? It’s like these players have never won anything before. How about be civilized, tip your cap to the other team, and walk off the field like a gentleman?
You ever win anything? Thought so.
I think there is a middle ground here. You celebrate winning a division, winning a post-season series, winning the whole WBC. Toning it down for a run of the mill game seems smart. But when competitive juices get going, it sometimes comes natural
As you can see, the players in the wbc are very passionate about representing their countries. I don’t think that when one country gets an upset victory that they would just tip their cap, wave a courteous goodbye, or shake hands. You would do just what the players on the PR team did when they beat a tournament favorite. Injuries happen.
I win lots of things. I beat my husband at chess this morning. Did I rhythmically jump in celebration? Well yes, a little, sure. But I did not injure myself. Well okay, I injured myself a little, but it will not require a trip to the disabled list.
Well yes, it will require a little trip to the disabled list but you will not be on injured reserve.
That’s how Barry Sanders did it when he scored a touchdown. Hand the ball to the referee and act like you’ve been in the end zone before.
Why would it happen during a ST game? It was the result of the jumping and other players putting weight on him and landing awkwardly. It could happen in a big celebration, but not in a routine game.
MA4170- My point was if the simple act of jumping up and down and players on top hm did what it did. It was bound to happen this year during a regular season game. The tendon was probably at the point where it was a matter of time. that’s all.
@winslow idk if we can really assume that. It could just be how awkwardly he landed w weight on him from others as opposed to something that was compromised and bound to tear at some point. We’ll never know at this point.
Ma4170 The Mets are the one team in the majors who have recorded World Series celebrations during Spring Training. I’m not even trying to pick on them here, but a Mets player can totally get injured celebrating in Spring Training.
Nimmo hurt. Water wet.
Sky blue, Bob Nutting cheap, etc.
So, you’re saying, “Finding Nemo in water”
“First cab off the rank”?
Side is team if you haven’t worked it out. Probably comes from rugby. Each team is behind the ball so has their own “side” of the playing field.
First cab off the rank means next man up
The Baseball Gods are clearly angry at the Mets.
No that was the redsox last year and braves who choked.
Sid Bream Speed Demon
Braves choked? When was that? I assume that you remember your LOLMets with a one team invitation to Choketober when you only needed to beat the Braves once to clinch the division. Then we lost to the NL team that went to the World Series. You lost to the Padres and Joe Musgrove’s greasy ear.
Don’t wish harm to any of these guys. Tough times. Chop on!
The players will be fine. The injuries aren’t life threatening. And Nimmo and Diaz already got their $$$$. I love seeing Cohen pay them to NOT play baseball. With luxury tax, he owes nearly $500M this year. I’d love to see his mega contracts all fail.
Keep rooting for marlins
You are quickly becoming more hated than A’s fan in UK
Hated by anonymous people I will never meet? What a shame.
Jesus. Mets are getting decimated before the season even starts. I thought they would be an interesting and great team a couple months ago, until they lost Correa and now with all the injuries… gonna be tough. You never know if Scherzer or Verlander will hit a wall either at age 39/40. I gotta go with Padres as my pick in the NL, with a lot of stiff competition. Hell of a lineup as long as they are healthy.
I think Sherzer first. Verlander takes better care of himself.
Idk, is it better to lose a guy early in the year vs. during the season? Injury’s suck for all, but, they are gonna happen, and if you could pick a time to deal w/ injury”s, pre-season seams like the ‘best’ time???
Maybe too silver-lining-ing-ey.
Augusto Barojas: Well, you did it. You just jinxed the Padres.
@avenger: I can only jinx teams that are from Chicago (which are already jinxed by ownership in the case of the White Sox). I think the Padres can take the NL this year. I’d be content with any team but the Dodgers.
I forget was he in the wbc as well?
Nothing to jump up and down to celebrate
When Cohen was upgrading the team, he should have upgraded the training department at the same time.
Mets being the MESS again this year !!
Time to call the Pirates and check on Bryan Reynolds and David Bednar.
If so, they will need to literally give up the farm (system) for both of them.
Probably the WBC’s fault.
McNeil to LF
Marte to CF
Canha to RF
Escobar to 2B
Baty to 3B
That’s “done” as in “ready the fork!”
Mercucio to 2B
McNeil to LF
Marte to CF
Canha to RF
Mercucio at 2b?
Maybe with Romeo playing SS?
Not sure how many here are going to catch your Shakespeare reference Jake, but it was well played.
Guillorme to 2B
McNeil to LF
Marte to CF
Canha to RF
GABEESH! METS ARE DEEP.
Deep? What about the bullpen? Who are we gonna throw out there night in a night out? Nogosek and Drew Smith? Two of the worst relievers in baseball
Money can’t buy happiness.
And to recall the Mets thought Correa was too much of an injury risk. They might want to evaluate how they evaluate injury risk.
lol classic nimmo
Low grade strain in the knee and ankle? A personal pet peeve… you don’t strain the knee OR the ankle. You can sprain them (meaning the joint) which is a different healing timeline… or you strain muscles or tendons surrounding the sites. Bad reporting, which is very common when dealing with player’s injuries. Strains and sprains aren’t the same nor is their timeline to recover.
I hope that the Mets can finish .500 this year. Without a viable bullpen, this team is finished. Nimmo gets hurt every year anyway, this is no surprise. Its only a surprise to the one who signed him for 160 million dollars and a small minority of delusional fans. I expect the same to happen to Verlander and Scherzer at one point. Thats what happens when you give 160 million in combined money to two 40 year old pitchers, not even including Scherzer’s injury riddled season last year. Spending money does nothing when you can’t spend it correctly. 90% of the online Met fans are delusional. They think this team is a World Series Contender. The fact is that this “Number 1 rotation in baseball” is around below average/barely average, the hitting is maybe slightly above average if im being generous, and the bullpen might be the worst in baseball. Only the Mets could assemble a .500 team that cost 400 million dollars. Pathetic
Isn’t Nimmo’s real name Joe Furman ?
How’s that for an obscure reference?
Anybody get it ?
This one belongs to the Reds
Most of us are week to week.
I’m mainly day to day.
I dropped my pack of Starburst on the floor and I’m afraid to bend over to pick them up
I cannot believe some people who actively wish more Mets would go down to injury. Anyone wishing that is trash to me. Why can’t it just be ‘I hope they have a bad year’? Like or dislike the team fine but these are human beings who some are hoping get injured and have to deal with the pain and rehabilitation afterwards. I have gone through having to learn to walk again and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Here’s hoping Diaz a full recovery and can return to performing as he did before the injury.
Is He playing in the WBC????
He’s hurt and no one in killing ST…..
Should they cancel S/Training????
Stop suffering WBC haters
I never thought Nimmo was worth 20M a year when healthy. I think all of the people who moan about the Aaron Hicks contract should start putting that into perspective.