PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Nimmo had a difficult time reconciling his absence from the field on Wednesday.
There were his respectable numbers in a limited sample size (2-for-7) against Jake Arrieta, but also the pop off the bench Nimmo might have brought in the ninth inning with the Mets rallying.
Nimmo, bothered by a stiff neck, watched the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Phillies from the bench. Nimmo’s absence might have been most felt as Keon Broxton was left in the game to face Phillies right-hander Hector Neris with the bases loaded. Broxton struck out to end the game.
“I am about 25 percent better,” said Nimmo, who departed Tuesday’s game in the first inning in discomfort. “I can look to the right, can’t look to the left or up and down very well still, so I wasn’t going to be any help today. It’s really frustrating.”
Nimmo’s physical setback came as he was surging at the plate. After a sluggish start to the season he is 11-for-28 (.393) with three homers over his last nine games. Included was a homer in Monday’s series opener against the Phillies.
“It would have been nice to help out against Arrieta,” Nimmo said. “I have seen him a few times so it would have been nice to be in that lineup right away, and obviously I have been swinging the bat better as of late, so just another presence in the lineup, another tough batter to get through.”
Nimmo isn’t sure what caused his neck stiffness, but has ruled out an awkward sleeping position since the discomfort arrived well after he had awoken Tuesday. Nimmo travels with his own pillow to help sleep better.
“This is something that came along a little more acutely,” Nimmo said. “That is why I travel with my pillow, so that kind of stuff can be avoided. You do everything you can and go back to my old saying that you try to prepare for everything that you can, but sometimes freak things happen.”
Published at Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:42:58 +0000