Mets expect Walker and Nimmo to return, no Smith yet
Well, no Dominic Smith, but Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo are both expected to join the Mets on Friday
Now please don’t get me wrong. It’s great that Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo are healthy enough to finally be back. But, like most Mets fans I’d assume, I was hoping to hear that Dominic Smith would be called up as Lucas Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. It was a move that we pretty much all knew was bound to happen, especially since Smith is expected to be the next great first baseman for the Mets.
But, it’s not happening. At least not yet. According to Marc Carig of Newsday, even with the Duda trade, Smith’s promotion isn’t just bound to happen asap. He states that Amed Rosario will likely be the one who is called up first, and we know that that would likely not be until after the trade deadline has passed.
Anyways, again, it’s great that Walker and Nimmo are healthy enough to return. Walker has been out since June 15th due to a partial tear of his left hamstring. He will likely be playing at second once he’s back. We all saw how bad that scene was with Walker’s leg just giving out a mere few steps out of the box. Important to note that before this injury struck, Walker was hitting pretty consistently, which we obviously hope continues.
In terms of Nimmo, his injury news was the one that pretty much shocked all fans, as he suffered from a partially collapsed lung, and has been out since July 8th. Very glad to hear he’s all better.
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The Mets began a series in Seattle against the Mariners on Friday, so it’ll be good to have these two back. But, again, it seems a bit odd that Smith would not be called up upon Duda’s departure. He has proven himself in the minors. With Las Vegas this year, he’s .337/.390/.524 with 15 home runs, 30 doubles, one triple, and 68 RBIs. Let’s get this guy up.