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.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.