Less than two weeks after suffering a strained hamstring that put his season in jeopardy, Brandon Nimmo returned to the Mets on Friday night.
The center fielder was activated off the injured list and rejoined to a lineup that sorely needs him if the Mets are to have any chance of salvaging a playoff shot over the final two-plus weeks of the season — if it isn’t too late already.
It remains to be seen whether Nimmo will play every day or if the Mets handle him cautiously, but with 15 games left, including Friday’s showdown with the Phillies, they could use him as much as possible.
“We have a few days off ahead of us so that might help cushion some of his playing time and all of that as we’re nearing the end of the season, and obviously we need his presence in the lineup to score some runs,” manager Luis Rojas said. “We gotta win all these games.”
Before going on the injured list — his second stint of the season — Nimmo was batting .302 with an .835 OPS, serving as a sparkplug atop the Mets lineup. Friday, he hit second behind Jonathan Villar.
Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgery) is set to face batters again this weekend for the second time since having his rehab assignment cut short by COVID-19. The Mets were still debating whether it would be another live batting practice session, like the one he threw Wednesday, or if the right-hander would go on a rehab assignment.
Syndergaard is expected to join the Mets’ bullpen whenever he is cleared to return.
Jacob deGrom, meanwhile, had a “light catch day” Friday, according to Rojas, as he works towards potentially pitching again this season. He has not pitched since July 7 because of an ulnar collateral ligament sprain.
The right-hander threw a light bullpen on Tuesday and is expected to throw another “in the next couple days.”
“First side, [he felt] really good after it,” Rojas said.
The Mets optioned reliever Jake Reed to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Nimmo on the 28-man roster.
They also reinstated RHP Jordan Yamamoto (shoulder soreness) from the 60-day IL and optioned him to Syracuse. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets called up LHP Thomas Szapucki from Syracuse and put him on the 60-day IL with ulnar nerve transposition surgery.
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