Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo received a break Monday, and it wasn’t in his hand.
Nimmo left Sunday’s loss against the Dodgers in the seventh inning after getting hit on the pinkie finger of his right hand two innings earlier. X-rays taken Sunday came back negative, but Nimmo went for a precautionary MRI Monday morning. He said the MRI revealed no broken bones and he described his status as day-to-day. He said he doesn’t expect a trip to the disabled list.
“Yesterday when it hit, I wasn’t sure,” Nimmo said before Monday’s game. There’s so many little bones in your hand, so many little things that can happen, so no, this is a huge relief. Now I’m just eager to be getting the strength back and hopefully it won’t be too long.”
Nimmo wasn’t in Monday’s starting lineup against the Pirates, although he pinch ran and played leftfield. He said he’s been doing grip exercises to test the strength and he took dry swings Monday but nothing with contact. He hopes to take some swings with contact Tuesday based on how he feels.
“It depends on how well I’m feeling when I go through these grip exercises,” Nimmo said. “Whenever I can swing that bat normally, I’ll be ready to go again.”
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said, especially with all the team’s recent injuries, the Nimmo results bring a sense of relief.
“Real good news on Nimmo,” Callaway said. “He’s going to be day-to-day . . . but that’s really relieving.”
Nimmo has been one of the few brights spots on a Mets team struggling offensively and to find wins. After getting the opportunity to play more following injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Juan Lagares, Nimmo is hitting .283 overall, and has six home runs and 13 RBIs in June.
The 2011 first-round selection is no stranger to being hit by pitches. He has been plunked 12 times, including twice on Sunday. He leads the Mets with a .403 on-base percentage and said he doesn’t plan to change his approach at the plate when he’s able to return.
“If I try to change something, it’s not as simple as changing where you stand on the plate or changing something in your setup,” Nimmo said. “That affects your swing and honestly with the way my swing has been, I don’t plan on changing anything any time soon.”
But Nimmo is feeling positive after Monday’s test results and the fact that he no longer is wearing a splint or any protective padding on his right hand.
“I was really encouraged when I woke up this morning, the swelling wasn’t bad,” Nimmo said. “There wasn’t any discoloration. I think we really dodged a bullet here.”