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PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis departed Saturday’s game with injuries, leaving the Mets to wonder if two important lineup pieces will be sidelined for an extended stretch.
Davis sustained a left hand sprain during a swing in his final at-bat and was replaced at third base by Jonathan Villar in the Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Phillies. Nimmo was removed from the game during a seventh inning at-bat in obvious discomfort. The Mets termed his injury a left index finger contusion and say X-rays were negative.
Nimmo had previously been jammed on a pitch, and the bat’s vibrations were causing discomfort, according to manager Luis Rojas. Kevin Pillar finished Nimmo’s at-bat with a strikeout and moved to center field.
“We lose probably our two best bats so far this season in the middle of the game,” Rojas said.
Davis and Nimmo will be evaluated on a daily basis.
Optimism remains high among Mets officials that Marcus Stroman’s right hamstring won’t cost him his next start.
Stroman departed Friday’s performance after just 64 pitches because of tightness in the muscle. The Mets and Stroman both had indicated the early removal was precautionary.
The right-hander received further medical evaluation before the Mets beat the Phillies 5-4 on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
“He is pretty optimistic,” manager Luis Rojas said. “The same thing he told me [Friday] night, he told me today: He’s optimistic about making his next start. He’s in a good place in the way he responded since coming out of the game [Friday] night.”
Rojas revealed additional details about Luis Guillorme’s strained right oblique, which placed the infielder on the injured list before Friday’s game.
Guillorme was taking batting practice, according to Rojas, and crumpled to the ground in discomfort following a swing.
“It was his right oblique and he was holding it,” Rojas said. “[Saturday] he said he feels better, but that is something we’ll see how it keeps progressing.”
James McCann said he got crossed up with Stroman on Friday, leading to the passed ball on strike three that allowed the Phillies to score both their runs.
“It was a cross-up between me and Stroman and it just happened to occur at the most inopportune time,” McCann said.
At the plate McCann was hitting just .214, which he says could in part be explained by his unfamiliarity with NL pitchers after spending his career in the AL. McCann also acknowledged there are challenges batting eighth in the lineup, ahead of the pitcher.
Jacob deGrom remains on course to start Tuesday in St. Louis, one day behind his normal schedule. The Mets are still finalizing whether Monday will be a bullpen game, with perhaps Robert Gsellman or Jacob Barnes getting the ball for a few innings, or if they will need to recall a starter, such as Joey Lucchesi.