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After Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup to play through a nagging hip issue over the weekend, the Mets are using their off days this week to nip it in the bud.
Nimmo received an injection in his hip on Monday to treat a mild impingement, which kept him out of Tuesday’s lineup against the Red Sox at Citi Field. But manager Luis Rojas expected him to be available off the bench and then back in Wednesday’s lineup if all goes according to plan.
“The decision is so we don’t have to deal with this, he doesn’t have to deal with this more,” Rojas said. “[The shot] takes about 24 to 48 hours to kind of settle there.”
Nimmo underwent an MRI on Friday after the Mets returned from Chicago, a series in which Nimmo had sat out two of three games with hip stiffness. He was cleared to return to the lineup later on Friday and went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs that night, starting all three games of the series against the Nationals.
But with an off day Monday and another on Thursday, the Mets opted to treat Nimmo’s hip, which he admitted Friday night still wasn’t “100 percent better.”
“He said the process went really well,” Rojas said. “It happened quicker than he expected, but he’s been here since early and he’s getting stretched out and getting his range of motion checked and everything.
“We expect him to be starting tomorrow if everything goes well.”
Kevin Pillar is starting in center field for Nimmo on Tuesday. To provide insurance off the bench, the Mets called up infielder Jose Peraza and optioned reliever Stephen Tarpley to the alternate site.
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