Brandon Nimmo’s 2019 season has been a disaster thus far, but a rehab assignment is a positive sign for the New York Mets.
Nimmo, 26, has only played 43 games in 2019 due to a bulging cervical disc. However, he appeared as a designated hitter in a Friday night game with the St. Lucie Mets on Friday. The always upbeat Nimmo had a solid night at the plate.
Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first rehab game with the St. Lucie Mets tonight.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) August 17, 2019
Nimmo was a revelation in 2018. He posted an .886 OPS and was a fixture at the top of the lineup for manager Mickey Callaway.
In addition to his bat, Nimmo’s glove could be very useful for a team that’s had a revolving door in center field. Michael Conforto was thrust into center-field duties although he’s better off as a corner outfielder. In fact, the Mets even toyed with the idea of putting Amed Rosario out there.
The Mets are in the thick of the National League Wild Card race at the moment. Their strong second half shot the team way up the standings, but there is still plenty of work to be done. As of Friday night, the Mets were within three games ahead or behind six other NL squads.
The Washington Nationals hold a slim lead on the first place slot, but the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Mets, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants are lurking.