In their second set of roster moves today, the Mets have activated outfielder Brandon Nimmo from the 10-day disabled list and optioned Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Pill has been one of the team’s many spot starters this year. With Chris Flexen taking the start last night and Rafael Montero performing capably in recent weeks, Pill had been relegated to a long relief role. After giving up three earned runs in two innings last night against the Padres, Pill was a logical choice for the demotion. He will likely be back at some point this season, particularly once rosters expand in September.
Nimmo went on the disabled list on July 8 with a partially collapsed lung, an unexpected injury that sidelined him just before the All-Star break. He has been successful off the bench so far this year, hitting .350/.458/.400 in just 24 plate appearances. With Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson on the trade block as Monday’s deadline looms, Nimmo could see more regular playing time come August. He will be looking to show he deserves a spot on the team for 2018.
Notably, the team has yet to promote first base prospect Dominic Smith. Smith, the team’s number two prospect and one of the consensus top 50 in baseball, seems like a logical call-up given yesterday’s move sending Lucas Duda to the Rays. Fans will have to wait, however, as Wilmer Flores will be manning first base tonight against the Mariners.