Mets outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo has conjunctivitis (pinkeye), and will be away from the team for three days while it heals.
Nimmo is currently with High-A St. Lucie, where he is hitting .332/.456/.469 in 196 at-bats. He has four home runs and 23 RBI.
In addition to the conjunctivitis, Nimmo injured his left ankle Wednesday and left the game, but was back in the lineup on Thursday.
Once his pinkeye heals and Nimmo is cleared to be around his teammates again, he’ll likely be embarking on his last few weeks as a member of St. Lucie.
Mets assistant GM John Ricco said recently that the club’s preference is for their top prospects to spend a year at each level of the minors, but that isn’t a steadfast philosophy. Even if it was, Nimmo’s play is forcing their hand.
The first half St. Lucie’s season is nearing an end, and it’s a safe bet that Nimmo will be promoted to Double-A Binghamton shortly thereafter.
Nimmo will likely spend a large chunk of time with Double-A Binghamton, but a promotion to the Mets towards the end of the 2015 season is well within reach.