JUPITER — Team before country. That’s what Brandon Nimmo thought immediately when he felt his right hamstring pull Sunday. The Mets outfielder shut it down quickly and may have spared himself a long rehab. After being examined by team doctors Wednesday morning, Nimmo said the hamstring is better than initially diagnosed and it is “very feasible,” he could be ready for Opening Day.
“It’s good. I am going to go through active warm up today, go test it out and see what we’ve got,” Nimmo said. “It feels fine. It’s really improved a lot over the last couple of days. I think the saving grace was that when I felt, I kind of just shut it down.
“It feels good and we’re going to go test it out today.”
Initially, Nimmo had been diagnosed with a grade-1 strain and expected to be shut down for 14 days. That was a blow to the Mets’ plans, which have Nimmo competing for a spot as their left-handed bat off the bench. With the way he handled coming off the bench late last season, the Mets considered Nimmo to have a leg-up on that spot.
“It was something I really worked on last year,” Nimmo said. “I talked to Kelly Johnson about it lot, because he really had that role down. I talked to a lot of the older guys like David (Wright) and Curtis (Granderson) about how they handled it when they were in that position and asked them how they prepared. I used all that to get a plan together with Kevin (Long) and Pat (Roessler) and then the bullpen work.”
Nimmo would go out every afternoon when the pitchers were throwing bullpen sessions to track pitches. He felt it helped him to see live pitching everyday. Nimmo, who hit .274 in 73 at-bats last season, was 6-for-12 as a pinch hitter.
Now, if the hamstring progresses as he thinks it might, those details could be a big reason he makes the major league roster.
“I did it last year because I thought it would help the team,” Nimmo said. “But, yeah, I realize it could help me (this spring). My goal is to be in the big leagues. I know we have a lot of guys in here and I understand it’s a number game and it’s out of my control, but I am doing all I can control to make the team.”
Published at Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:09:05 +0000