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Mets give Brandon Nimmo a day off while dealing with a stiff neck

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Brandon Nimmo’s stiff neck is the latest illness the Mets are monitoring in these final hours of spring training.

The outfield player had a day off on Monday after dealing with neck pain the previous day. He’s also unlikely to play Tuesday’s Grapefruit League Finals, according to manager Buck Showalter, giving him an opportunity to rest further.

“I’m expecting him there on Thursday,” said Showalter, looking ahead to the season opener in Washington.

The manager said he was aware of the ruptured disc in Nimmo’s neck, which put him on the injured list in 2019. Nimmo also had neck stiffness early in camp, according to Showalter, which wore off.

Despite Starling Marte having extensive midfield experience, Showalter kept him in the right Monday to earn extra replays in the position he’s likely to play most often in the regular season. Mark Canha played in midfield with Jeff McNeil on the left.

Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo struggles with a stiff neck.
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Showalter likely won’t reveal his rotation plans until Wednesday, the day after Max Scherzer’s bullpen session to test his right hamstring. Scherzer was scratched from his start on Saturday due to hamstring problems. If Scherzer is ready to pitch, the manager could potentially schedule him for Thursday or Friday, with Jacob deGrom’s replacement starting the other game. Tylor Megill, Trevor Williams and David Peterson are the prime candidates for deGrom’s rotation spot.


Pete Alonso arrived at the Palm Beaches ballpark to find his spikes weren’t going to make it. It forced the first baseman to make an emergency run to a local sporting goods store about two hours before the first pitch.

“Can you imagine sitting in Dick’s Sporting Goods around 10 a.m. and this is where Pete Alonso comes by to buy a pair of spikes?” Showalter said.


Tomas Nido’s strong camp, both at the plate and in dealing with the pitchers, hasn’t gone unnoticed by Showalter. The catcher posted a 1,023 OPS with two homers this spring (one of which isn’t included in the stats because umpires aren’t allowed to review calls in spring practice).

“I know [Nido] Always had a reputation on the defensive end and I can understand why, but he’s made some progress,” Showalter said. “I bet he’s up there at the top [in hitting]. If you have those two things, you are in good shape.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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