Brandon Nimmo
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Brandon Nimmo just made a giant step in his recovery by moving his rehab to Triple-A Syracuse, one step away from the New York Mets.

The New York Mets have been without Brandon Nimmo since May 20. But, the 26-year-old is now slowly inching his way back to the major leagues. On Tuesday, Nimmo looked major-league ready in a rehab appearance with the Syracuse Mets.

During this game, Nimmo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and played five innings in center field. This was also just the third game that Nimmo has played in since he resumed his rehab assignment.

Nimmo has been on the injured list since May 21 when the Mets reported he was dealing with a bulging disk in his neck. His first rehab stint was also cut short back in June once Nimmo began feeling pain in his neck once again.

The Mets haven’t stated how many games it will take before Nimmo can return to the major leagues. But, their main concern is making sure Nimmo is healthy before they even think about making that decision.

However, the minor-league season ends in just a couple of weeks. The Syracuse Mets are currently in the playoff race. Which means the Mets may not have to bring up Nimmo right up at the beginning of September.

But, Nimmo would certainly add a boost to the Mets lineup during their chase to win one of the two Wild Card spots. While Juan Lagares has performed much better at the plate recently, there’s no question that Nimmo would provide an upgrade over him.

The Mets will need all the help they can get to make a return to the playoffs for the first time since their Wild Card defeat against the San Franciso Giants in 2016. So, Nimmo’s return to Triple-A gives him an opportunity to salvage what has been such an injury-riddled season.