The status of the battered Brandon Nimmo for Mets opener is unknown

PORT ST. LUCIE — Among positional players, the Mets continue to watch Brandon Nimmo, who is closest to Thursday’s season opener.

According to manager Buck Showalter, the outfielder is “doing better” after a cortisone injection for a stiff neck, but Nimmo’s availability for Thursday is yet to be seen.

Nimmo last played on Sunday. According to Showalter, he received the injection on Monday.

The Mets brought reassurances to Washington: Travis Jankowski broke camp with the team and, save for a setback for Max Scherzer that may require a 15th pitcher, will be included on the opening-day roster. The former Stony Brook University standout offers outfield depth and a pinch runner for the late innings.

Showalter deployed Mark Canha in midfield on Monday and could go that route, with Dominic Smith or Jeff McNeil in left field if Nimmo isn’t ready. Showalter wanted to keep Starling Marte in the right field to adjust him to the new position.

Brandon Nimmo
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is still in “wait and see” mode, says Buck Showalter.

Joely Rodriguez won’t be lost in the shuffle with the Mets.

The left assist, who was acquired over the weekend in a trade that sent Miguel Castro to the Yankees, said the volume of left-handed assists in the Bronx may have limited his options there, but he expects chances with the Mets.

Rodriguez and Chasen Shreve will open the season as left options in the Mets bullpen.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been traded before, but I’m excited for the opportunity I have here,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like I have an opportunity to pitch because there were more leftists in the Yankees and there aren’t that many here, so I think I’ll have that opportunity.”

Rodriguez appeared in 52 games for the Rangers and Yankees last season and posted a 4.66 ERA. He was much better for the Yankees, posting a 2.84 ERA in 21 games.

Rodriguez said a mechanical adjustment was responsible for his improvement with the Yankees.

“When I got [to the Yankees] They told me I’m doing something a little bit different than something I did in 2020 that will give me better results,” Rodriguez said. Luckily when we started working on it, we were able to correct it and make these adjustments.”

The Mets are scheduled to hold a practice session at Nationals Park in the afternoon. Rain is forecast for the next three days from Wednesday. The status of the battered Brandon Nimmo for Mets opener is unknown


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