Brandon Nimmo
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New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo isn’t making much progress in his rehab from a neck injury and isn’t close to returning.

The New York Mets outfield has had some bad luck with injuries this season. Yoenis Cespedes suffered a gruesome ankle injury on his ranch that has eliminated him from playing this season, and Brandon Nimmo has missed almost a month with a neck injury.

Nimmo had been in Syracuse on a rehab assignment but was scratched from the lineup as his neck continued to bother him. After being scratched, Nimmo has gone to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his neck, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post via Twitter.

Dr. Robert Watkins’ name should sound familiar to Mets fans, as he was the doctor who worked with David Wright during his neck/back problems. It’s possible that the second opinion could reveal nothing, but the fact that it’s needed is not a very good sign.

Nimmo has not played since May 20, but was struggling before he went on the injured list. He was slashing .200/.364/.667, a disappointment after going .263/.404/.483 in a breakout 2018 season where he also hit 17 home runs. He has three so far this season.

Juan Lagares has seen regular time in center field in Nimmo’s absence, while Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith have seen time in left field. Conforto has played mostly right but could land in center if the Mets decide that putting McNeil and Smith both in the lineup is something they need to do.

Overall, it’s more bad injury news for a Mets team struggling to hold onto a season that they entered high hopes with.

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