The Mets placed. Brandon Nimmo in the IL on May 22 with persistence in neck stiffness and an MRI that reveals an inflammation. But the injury is not just inflammation.
Nimmo, who started dealing with the neck problem in mid-April (when he abandoned a game against the Phillies due to a stiff neck), is also dealing with a bulging cervical disc and a whiplash.
"I'm 26. I've never had neck problems like this before," Nimmo told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "I take good care of my body to try to prevent that from happening, to warm it up, so I just said" man, why is this still happening? "
Now, why know why the neck problems did not disappear, and perhaps why Nimmo was fighting so much since he left the game on April 16, when his triple bar fell from .241 / .388 / .463 to .200 /. 344 / .323 before landing at the IL.
While the Mets now know that Nimmo's difficulties during the last month and the change are probably due in part to his trying to overcome an injury, it does not make the time of his absence easier to handle.
Along with Nimmo, the Mets are also without Michael Conforto (concussion) and Jeff McNeil (hamstring).
Conforto, who has been increasing his activity, expects to be allowed to return on Sunday when the Mets finish their three-game series against the Tigers.
McNeil, who landed at the IL on May 23, hopes to be able to return as soon as the required 10 days have passed. He is eligible to return on June 1.
Nimmo is further away, but when he returns, let's hope he returns 100 percent after battling this neck problem for most of the season.