The Mets placed outfielder Brandon Nimmo on the 10-day disabled list with a partially collapsed lung, the team announced Saturday. No specifics have been released on the severity or cause of the injury, but Nimmo told reporters that he felt “an issue with his chest” after Tuesday’s start and the New York Post’s Mike Puma adds that the outfielder was discharged from the hospital and is currently en route to St. Louis. In a corresponding move, outfielder Michael Conforto was recalled from a rehab stint in High-A St. Lucie, though he wasn’t featured in Saturday’s starting lineup against the Cardinals.
Nimmo, 24, hasn’t seen much time with the Mets this season. The power stroke that drew the Mets’ attention in the minor leagues fizzled during his transition to the majors, and he followed a slow start to his big league career in 2016 with another slow, injury-laden performance this summer. After working his way back from a right hamstring strain and undisclosed knee issue, Nimmo went 7-for-20 at the plate with a double and two RBI over his first 15 games in 2017.
The rookie outfielder finally caught a break during the first week of July, with three consecutive starts in center field and a three-hit parade during the Mets’ 11-4 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday. He was returned to a backup role once the Mets reinstated ailing center fielder Curtis Granderson, however, and doesn’t appear to be in line for future starts when he recovers from his lung injury.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.