Brandon Nimmo is not in the Mets’ lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field due to some stiffness in his hip area, manager Luis Rojas said before the game.
“He’s still a little stiff on his right hip area, so we went with not starting him,” Rojas told reporters via Zoom. “He’s played every game. … he’s getting treatment, he should be available off the bench if we need him in a situation.
“But he’ll benefit more not starting, getting the extra treatment, and probably doing some more controlled stuff pregame right now. That way we can lean more on getting him a start tomorrow. But like I said, he’s available off the bench.”
Nimmo went 0-for-5 on Tuesday night as his 24-game streak of reaching base (which was the longest active streak in the majors) was snapped.
Rojas said that Nimmo felt fine to start on Tuesday but that he woke up “a little bit more stiff” on Wednesday, possibly because of the weather in Chicago.
“We met early in the training room,” Rojas said. “Me, (trainer) Brian Chicklo, and himself. And we talked, and we leaned towards not starting him. But he said he would be able (to go) off the bench.”
The plan, per Rojas, is for Nimmo to be back in the lineup on Thursday night when the Mets wrap up their series against the Cubs.
With Nimmo out of the lineup on Wednesday, Jeff McNeil is leading off while Kevin Pillar takes Nimmo’s spot in center field.