Brandon Nimmo left tonight’s game against the Phillies with what the Mets are saying is a “left oblique twinge.” Nimmo was visited by the trainers at first base after reaching on an error in the bottom of the second and was visibly favoring his side. He stayed in the game to run the bases and played the field in the top of the third, but was replaced by Juan Lagares on defense in the fourth inning.
This is the second time in the last week that Nimmo has been removed from a game due to an injury concern. Last Tuesday, Nimmo was pulled in the first inning due to a stiff neck that he tried to play through, but he couldn’t make it through. Nimmo missed two games before returning on Saturday.
Now, Nimmo has a potentially more serious issue. The Mets say they removed him as a precaution, and Nimmo didn’t look to be in too much pain, but anytime a player’s oblique comes into play it should be taken seriously. Todd Frazier just returned this week after missing nearly two full months of action with an oblique strain, and Aaron Judge is out indefinitely for the Yankees with an oblique strain of his own.