Mets’ Brandon Nimmo set for MRI after suffering ankle injury during spring training game vs. Marlins

New York Mets’ outfielder, Brandon Nimmo, was forced to leave Tuesday’s spring training game against the Marlins after suffering an ankle injury. Mets’ manager, Luis Rojas, told reporters that Nimmo will be going through an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

The incident occurred in the second inning, as Nimmo was chasing a fly ball hit by Marlins’ shortstop, Miguel Rojas. Nimmo appeared to stumble and fall awkwardly while trying to make the catch, ultimately landing on his left ankle. He was on the ground for a few moments before he got up and limped off the field.

After the game, Nimmo told reporters that he felt a “sharp pain” in his ankle when he fell, but he was optimistic that the injury wouldn’t sideline him for too long. “I’m hoping it’s just a minor thing,” said Nimmo. “I’m walking around, so that’s encouraging. But we’ll see what the MRI says.”

Nimmo, 27, is coming off a career-best season in 2020, where he hit .280/.404/.484 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 55 games. He’s expected to be a key contributor to the Mets’ lineup in 2021, batting leadoff and playing primarily in center field.

If the MRI reveals that Nimmo’s injury is serious, it would be a significant blow to the Mets’ outfield depth. Nimmo joins a crowded outfield that already includes Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, and newly acquired free agent, Kevin Pillar.

The Mets will have to hope that the MRI results are favorable and that Nimmo can avoid any extended time on the injured list. Until more information is known, Mets fans will be holding their breath and hoping for the best.

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