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Mets’ Brandon Nimmo leaves game after fouling ball off knee

May 18, 2022 GMT
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo runs up the first base line on his way to a double during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo runs up the first base line on his way to a double during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo runs up the first base line on his way to a double during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo runs up the first base line on his way to a double during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo runs up the first base line on his way to a double during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets leadoff man Brandon Nimmo is day to day with a bruised right quadriceps after fouling a ball off his right knee and leaving New York’s game Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Nimmo swung at a pitch from left-hander Génesis Cabrera in the seventh inning and drilled it into the inside of his leg. He hobbled near home plate and was visited by a trainer, but he finished the at-bat. He hit a grounder to second base and tried futilely to sprint and beat it out.

The 29-year-old Nimmo limped off the field and was replaced in center field by Travis Jankowski.

“When I went to run and beat that out, it wouldn’t fire,” Nimmo said after New York split its doubleheader. “I just tried to get there the best I could, give it everything I had.

“It feels all right now, I just got a lump on it. We’ll just take it day to day and see how it is in the morning.”

A free agent after the season, Nimmo is batting .292 with a .397 on-base percentage atop New York’s order.

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