PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A day after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain in Team Italy's World Baseball Classic loss to Puerto Rico, Brandon Nimmo made plans to return to Mets camp. His WBC '17 tournament is over.More importantly for the Mets, Nimmo's ability to compete for an Opening
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A day after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain in Team Italy's World Baseball Classic loss to Puerto Rico, Brandon Nimmo made plans to return to Mets camp. His WBC '17 tournament is over.
More importantly for the Mets, Nimmo's ability to compete for an Opening Day roster spot is in serious jeopardy. With just 17 days until the Mets break camp, Nimmo is unlikely to amass the at-bats necessary to become game-ready.
"I'm very disappointed, very, very disappointed that he got hurt," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He was making a huge impact here. Obviously, he made a huge impact on the WBC. It really disappoints me that he got injured to when he gets back here, he's not going to be able to perform. Because I wanted to get him in that lineup some more."
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The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera or Matt Reynolds.
Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets' No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
Mets OK with Familia's workload
Collins brushed off a question regarding Jeurys Familia's usage in the World Baseball Classic, saying he is fine with the Dominican Republic pitching Familia in all three of its games so far -- including a pair of seven-run blowouts.
"The only issue I had was, I wanted to know how many warmup pitches he had in that seven-run inning," Collins said, referring to the 11th inning of the D.R.'s win Sunday over Colombia. "I think he's OK. Because honestly, if he'd have been here, he'd probably have pitched in that many games also."
The Mets still expect to be without Familia for much of April but won't know until Major League Baseball finishes investigating his Oct. 31 arrest on a domestic assault charge.
Among several visitors to Mets camp on Monday was Dwight Gooden, who said he has not spoken to former teammate Darryl Strawberry since the two had a public falling-out last summer. When asked if he wanted to talk to Strawberry, Gooden replied: "Not at all."
"He spoke how he felt. Whether I like it or not, I respect that," Gooden said. "Maybe one day we'll get together to talk, but right now is not the time."
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.