The Mets got off to a red-hot start in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Washington Nationals and held on win despite blowing a huge lead, but an injury to Brandon Nimmo dampened some of the mood.
Nimmo, who started the game 2-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base, was on second base and running towards third on the final out of the inning. As he approached the third base bag, he slowed up.
After the game, the Mets officially placed Nimmo on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain and recalled Travis Blankenhorn.
“It’s a strain in his hamstring. He felt it around third on that play when he was thinking about scoring from second because the second baseman was playing in the outfield,” Rojas said. “Immediately, he was frustrated. Let’s see the grade of it and how long it takes him to come back.”
Nimmo spoke to reporters following the second game of the doubleheader, saying he was “extremely frustrated” about the situation because of the way he tries to take care of his body.
“It was just when I was rounding third base,” Nimmo explained. “So right before I hit the bag, I kinda just felt a grab. I thought the next step or two I might be able to kind of, just be a normal thing, and then took the next step, and then felt it a little bit again. The strides started getting shorter and shorter.”
“Extremely frustrated. Ultimately, it comes down to probably one decision I did or did not make today, and that one decision leads to an injury,” he added. “I’m still backtracking trying to figure out – and I don’t think I’ll be able to circle one thing – but you just know somewhere throughout the day or last night, one of the decisions you made ended up getting you in this situation.
“This one’s extremely frustrating for me, because I do try to take a lot of pride in the way that I take care of my body, and hydration, nutrition, weightlifting, training, all of that stuff, and spend extra time at the field after trying to do that stuff, but somewhere along the way I went wrong.
“So it’s extremely frustrating and not where I want to be at this point. I want to be out there with the team. I want to be playing, want to be helping out and trying to make this September one to really remember with us coming back.”
If there is a silver lining though, Nimmo said that he received some good news from an MRI, showing we he called a “mild strain,” much better than things could have turned out.
“I’m extremely frustrated with it, but I’m also a little more positive than I was after that incident. I really thought that maybe I had screwed the pooch there, but hopefully with some good news, we’re hoping it’s just kind of like a week-to-week thing.”
When asked if this could potentially end Nimmo’s season, Rojas wasn’t willing to go that far until the team sees how Nimmo responds to the injury.
“It’s unfortunate right now that he did (get injured) and he may be out for the 10 days or so, but still we’ve got to see how he responds,” Rojas said.
“This is a guy who takes a lot of care of himself. He’s one of the first guys to the field and he’s one of the last guys leaving because of how much he does to keep himself out there on the playing field.”
And as for Nimmo himself, he’s optimistic that he can return this season, though time will tell if that is indeed the case.
“It is tricky. I’m not gonna guarantee anything, but in my heart of hearts, I really do think I’m going to be back this season,” Nimmo said.
Source: Yahoo Sports