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Brandon Nimmo not in starting lineup as hamstring remains an issue

Mets centerfielder Brandon Nimmo strikes out swinging against

Mets centerfielder Brandon Nimmo strikes out swinging against Atlanta at Citi Field on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

MIAMI — Brandon Nimmo’s left hamstring seems to be an issue still.

About 10 minutes before their series opener against the Marlins on Monday, the Mets announced that he had been removed from the starting lineup. Manager Luis Rojas explained after a 6-3 loss that the medical staff was not comfortable with Nimmo playing after he did his pregame exercises.

"He said he was fine," Rojas said. "There’s a good chance he starts [Tuesday]."

Nimmo suffered what Rojas initially called a "really, really small" tweak while chasing a fly ball Friday night. He sat out Saturday, pinch hit Sunday and was set to return Monday — until he became a late scratch.

 

Pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot in the seventh inning, Nimmo grounded out to third.

Kevin Pillar replaced him in center, with Brandon Drury covering for Pillar by playing right.

Castro out

Miguel Castro landed on the COVID-19 injured list after waking up with COVID-like symptoms.

A source said before the game that no one with the Mets has tested positive for the virus. Rojas said afterward that the team had not received Castro’s COVID-19 test results yet.

"He’s isolated," Rojas said. "We’ll find out more about those tests [Tuesday] and see how he is."

When the Mets received the first dose of a vaccine in April, Castro was among those photographed getting the shot, featured in a tweet from the Mets’ official account.

A player can be placed on the COVID-19 injured list for a variety of reasons, including being in close contact with someone who tested positive or dealing with symptoms that feasibly could be COVID.

Before heading to Florida for a four-game series with the Marlins, the Mets briefed their players on the worsening pandemic environment there. Florida recently broke its records for most COVID-19 positives and hospitalizations in a day.

"The message was just to be careful, to use your mask if you’re going to go grab a coffee or something, if you’re going to be doing anything in the hotel, to be careful," Michael Conforto said. "Just to make sure that we’re not letting anything [non-baseball] affect our season. And just to take care of each other."

The Mets called up outfielder Albert Almora Jr. from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Castro’s roster spot.

Homecoming

The Mets promoted infield and outfield prospect Jaylen Palmer to High-A Brooklyn.

Palmer, who turned 21 on Saturday, grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Holy Cross High in Flushing in 2018, when the Mets drafted him in the 22nd round. With Low-A St. Lucie, he had a .276/.378/.386 slash line, including .319/.387/.489 in July. He stole 23 bases (in 28 tries) and saw time at third base, centerfield, second base and rightfield . . . The Mets claimed righthander Jake Reed off waivers from the Rays, becoming his fourth organization of the season (also the Angels and Dodgers). He joined the Mets in Miami as part of the taxi squad. This season, Reed, 28, has a 3.38 ERA in the majors (six games) and 5.24 ERA in the minors (18 games) . . . The Pirates claimed lefthander Anthony Banda from the Mets.

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