The Mets have promoted outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace the injured Juan Lagares on the active roster who was placed on the DL prior to tonight’s game.
Lagares has been playing with a partially torn left thumb he suffered on June 4th in Miami on a diving catch, and the injury has been affecting his play. The 27-year old outfielder has hit just .185 since the All Star Break. Lagares has already been placed on the disabled list once for this same injury and he came back on July 2nd to try and play through it instead of opting for surgery. Lagares has opted to undergo surgery and will be sidelined for six weeks. It’s too early to tell at this point but we may have seen the last of Lagares for the remainder of the season.
Nimmo was demoted for outfielder Michael Conforto back on July 18th, but finds himself back up with the ballclub a week and a half later. The 23-year old outfielder had hit .235 in 51 at-bats with the Mets during his first short stint, but he had continued hitting down in Las Vegas. Over his last four games he was hitting .467, with a home run and three RBI’s. Nimmo also had been playing center field regularly since his demotion. Both Nimmo and Conforto are both expected to get time in center field, as manager Terry Collins has expressed a desire to keep Yoenis Cespedes in left field.