Brandon Nimmo collected his luggage, called for an Uber and journeyed the 15 minutes or so from the airport to his apartment in Las Vegas. It was Wednesday evening, a little past 7 p.m. Then his phone rang.
Only about 15 minutes would pass before Nimmo would be back in a car, headed right back to the airport, bound for a 10 p.m. red-eye that would hustle him back to New York.
The former first-round draft pick had been promoted again, this time when Yoenis Cespedes landed on the disabled list Wednesday night with a strained right quadriceps muscle.
“It’s been an interesting 24 hours, I guess,” Nimmo said. “But I’m glad to be back.”
The promotion came so suddenly that while Nimmo eventually found his way to Yankee Stadium, his equipment remained in transit. He had to borrow a glove but discovered that a few spare bats had remained in New York.
“Here, you run on adrenaline pretty easily,” said Nimmo, who cobbled together only a few hours of sleep on his journey.
Nimmo, 23, entered Thursday night hitting .250 in 19 games with the Mets. His playing time could go up with Cespedes on the disabled list. Manager Terry Collins said he intends to mix and match in the outfield, perhaps opening the door for Nimmo to see more action.
“I certainly don’t want him sitting around on the bench while he’s here,” Collins said. “He’s not going to get much out of that. And we’re not going to get much out of trying to find out what he can bring to the table unless we play him.”
Nimmo’s promotion only added to the Mets’ glut of lefthanded-hitting outfielders. General manager Sandy Alderson said they might have to ride it out until Justin Ruggiano returns from the disabled list: “We’re going to have to grin and bear it for the moment.” . . . Alderson downplayed the Mets’ lack of a true centerfielder aside from Alejandro De Aza. “Frankly, I’m not as concerned about the centerfield situation as some people are,” he said. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto might be forced into action in center though both profile as corner outfielders. De Aza manned centerfield on Thursday night, making an outstanding diving catch to rob Didi Gregorius of an extra-base hit, and Granderson played left for the first time since 2014.