Updated: U-Turn, Nimmo Quickly Recalled by Mets
Cheyenne native Brandon Nimmo is getting some frequent flyer miles, at least.
The Mets optioned Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. He joined joining Vegas in time to hit lead-off in Thursday's 10-3 victory in Albuquerque, in which Nimmo was 2-for-4 and hit by a pitch. And he was recalled by the Mets on Friday.
The Mets went through a series of moves resulting from injuries to catchers Kevin Plawecki (hairline fracture left hand) and Travis d`Arnaud (Tommy John surgery). While Nimmo is a fleet-footed centerfield, he was added to provide bench depth. The Mets, in turn, trimmed their bullpen staff from eight relievers to seven, sending Jacob Rhame to Las Vegas. To handle the catching chores, the Mets called up Tomas Nido from Double-A, and Jose Labaton from Triple-A.
Nimmo initially was optioned to Las Vegas to clear up what became an overcrowded outfield situation with Michael Conforto coming off the disabled list. It, however, was obvious that manager Mickey Callaway was impressed with the job Nimmo did before Michael Conforto was activated from the disabled list and regained a full-time outfield role.
"A tough break for Nimmo," Callaway told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "He deserves to be here. He handled the news unbelievably -- what a guy. He's a winning player and he's going to help us for a long, long time. So that's tough. But we felt like it was necessary. ... He wasn't getting to play as much as he probably needs to play, ...This kid's going to be an everyday player. Anytime we can get him as many at-bats as possible is probably to his benefit."
Nimmo hit .333 in his time with the Mets before being sent out, and his defensive ability is such that outfielder Jay Bruce began working at first base on Tuesday. Between the outfield and first base the Mets do have veterans, who have experienced growing injury problems, which could open the door for Nimmo.
Yoenis Cespedes has not played more than 132 games since 2015. Conforto opened this season on the disabled list and battled a shoulder condition last year. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been bothered by back problems the past two seasons.