Mets' Brandon Nimmo Week-to-Week After Ankle, Knee Injuries Diagnosed as SprainsMarch 18, 2023
The New York Mets are still reeling from the season-ending knee injury suffered by star closer Edwin Díaz, and now another key player is set to miss some time.
Mets general manager Billy Eppler told reporters on Saturday that outfielder Brandon Nimmo is considered week-to-week with low-grade sprains in his knee and his ankle.
"We've got some time before Opening Day, so we'll just continue to watch him, get an update on him probably about a week from now, and then we'll be able to get a little better timetable on him," Eppler said. "But all in all, feel good about the results that we got compared to what they could've looked like."
Nimmo picked up the injuries in Friday's spring training game against the Miami Marlins, which the Mets won 6-1. He appeared to slide awkwardly into second base in the fourth inning and had to be helped off the field.
In four spring training games, Nimmo has struggled at the plate with just one hit in seven at-bats for a .143 average.
Nimmo has spent his entire MLB career with the Mets, who drafted him with a first-round pick in 2011 before promoting him to the majors in 2016. He has emerged as one of the team's most important players, often being deployed as the leadoff hitter.
Last season, Nimmo appeared in a career-high 151 games and slashed .274/.367/.433 with 16 home runs, 64 RBI and 102 runs scored. He led the National League with seven triples. For his efforts, New York rewarded the 29-year-old with an eight-year, $162 million contract extension this offseason after he tested free agency.
The Mets hope to have Nimmo healthy when they begin the 2023 season on March 30 against the Marlins.