Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo exited today’s game against the Phillies in the third inning after taking a pitch off the left hand. He received x-rays on his left index finger, which the team announced came back negative. He was replaced by Jose Bautista.
Nimmo took the 90 mile per hour fastball off his hand from Ranger Suarez. However, the ball also hit his bat and rolled into fair territory, where Maikel Franco fielded it and threw to first for the out while Nimmo laid in the batter’s box. It ended Nimmo’s streak of reaching base in ten straight plate appearances.
This is not the first time Nimmo took a pitch to the hand this season; he was also hit by Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill back on June 24, which forced him to leave the game. He pinch hit for the next two days before being inserted back into the starting lineup three days later.
Nimmo was hit in the first game of a doubleheader, which the Mets will now be finishing a man short, barring a roster move before the second game.
In the fifth inning, Bautista—batting as Nimmo’s replacement—hit a grand slam off of Phillies reliever Mark Leiter, Jr. to give the Mets a 15-4 lead.