NEW YORK -- Prior to Monday's game against the Giants, the Mets announced that Brandon Nimmo was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, a day after Nimmo was hit by a pitch that injured his left index finger, resulting in a bone bruise.Nimmo's 18 hit-by-pitches this season
NEW YORK -- Prior to Monday's game against the Giants, the Mets announced that Brandon Nimmo was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, a day after Nimmo was hit by a pitch that injured his left index finger, resulting in a bone bruise.
Nimmo's 18 hit-by-pitches this season leads the National League and is second to the Rays' Carlos Gomez (20) in the Majors. Nimmo was starting to hit a hot streak over his last eight games, batting .464 with nine extra-base hits.
X-rays and an MRI exam did not show any structural damage in Nimmo's injured finger, so the Mets gave it a few days to see if he would make any progress. According to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco, Nimmo is still feeling sore and having trouble gripping the bat, which is what ultimately led them to make the decision of placing him on the disabled list.
"Obviously it's going to be a day-to-day thing but as far as how it's feeling now," Nimmo said. "It's progressed in the last few days, just not to the point to be able to swing and be able to help out the team."
Nimmo will go down to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Tuesday morning to start his rehabilitation for his finger. He hopes he won't miss more than the minimum 10 days.
Dominic Smith was added as the Mets' 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic and was officially recalled on Monday with Nimmo going on the DL. Historically a first baseman, Smith has played almost exclusively in the outfield since he was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 22. Jack Reinheimer started in left field on Monday.
Jay Bruce has hit .222 in five Minor League rehabilitation games with Class A Advanced St. Luice. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run vs. Dunedin.
According to Ricco, Bruce is doing much better medically and at this point it is more about getting him back into the swing of things on the baseball side.
"A lot of time we rush guys back just because we need them and they're not maybe ready timing wise as a hitter," Ricco said. "So, few more games and we'll see."
David Wright played five innings at third base and went 2-for-3 and scored a run on Sunday for St. Lucie. The two hits were Wright's first hits in six Minor League rehabilitation games.
Ricco said Wright is still day to day, and the Mets will continue to monitor him in the two weeks remaining of the Minor League season.
"I mean he's been out for quite a long time, so [we're] seeing almost on a daily basis how his body reacts," Ricco said, "and each game presents different challenges, whether he has to dive or how many plays or how much time he spends running the bases. So that's where we are right there with that."
Erin Fish is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.