Brandon Nimmo was pulled in the first inning after experiencing tightness in his neck, but the New York Mets might not miss him for long.
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo had a scare in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. After tracking a home run ball, he left the game with neck tightness.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Nimmo woke up with a stiff neck which only got worse during the game.
“When I took that first swing, I felt my neck lock up,” Nimmo told Puma. “It was just to the left side at that point, and so I just battled the rest of the at-bat and then when I got on first base and got into my lead, I almost couldn’t hold my head up.”
Although he had to leave the game, Nimmo made the decision to pull himself so he wouldn’t be dragging the Mets down.
“I wasn’t able to run very well and turn my head, so I was doing my best to get there and it ended up falling,” Nimmo said. “At that point I was trying to fight through it.”
Nimmo deserves credit for trying to gut it out and play through the pain. However, pulling himself from the game was the right call.
Nimmo isn’t in the lineup on Wednesday, but he doesn’t expect this injury to keep him out very long. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Nimmo will rest on Wednesday and the team’s off day on Thursday. He could be good to go after that.