Nimmo is expected play primarily center field to begin the season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. With Yoenis Cespedes (heel) set to open the season on the shelf, it sounds like the Mets are planning to deploy Jeff McNeil as their primary left fielder, pushing Michael Conforto to right field and Nimmo to center field, at least against right-handers. McNeil will likely platoon with the likes of Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares, which could push Nimmo to a corner outfield spot against southpaws. Regardless of where he plays, the soon-to-be 26-year-old figures to see his fair share of opportunities after slashing .263/.404/.483 with 17 homers and nine steals in 140 games in 2018.
Manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that Nimmo "needs to be leading off" in 2019, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. It's an unsurprising declaration to hear from the Mets' manager, as Nimmo started 65 games as the leadoff hitter and had a .404 OBP and 15.0 percent walk rate in 2018. The 25-year-old's plate discipline doesn't appear to be an aberration either, as he posted a similar walk rate in 69 games with the Mets the previous season. The acquisition of veteran second baseman Robinson Cano (knee) should also help the young outfielder in his run-scoring efforts.
Nimmo's right hamstring injury looks "mild," according to manager Mickey Callaway, but Nimmo's season is over, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. It makes sense for Callaway to take it easy with the promising 25-year-old outfielder, so Nimmo will not be able to help fantasy lineups in the final day of the regular season. Per DiComo, Nimmo's .404 on-base percentage will rank in the top three among National League hitters and is complemented by a .263 batting average, .483 slugging percentage, 17 home runs, nine stolen bases, 47 RBI and 77 runs.
Nimmo needed to be helped off the field while leaving Saturday's game in the seventh inning, sustaining an apparent right leg injury after running to first, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The outfielder was replaced by pinch runner Jack Reinheimer after what Marc Carig of The Athletic suspects is a hamstring issue. The Mets should release information on Nimmo's status during or after what remains of this game, and it wouldn't be surprising if he sat out during the club's season finale Sunday.
Nimmo blasted a pinch-hit, three-run home run Monday against the Dodgers. Nimmo drove his 16th home run of the season over the right field wall against Kenta Maeda in the ninth inning, powering the Mets to victory Monday. He found himself on the bench with southpaw Alex Wood starting for the Dodgers, his first time not in the lineup since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 28. Since his return, he has managed six hits in 19 at-bats with Monday's home run marking his first extra-base hit.