Brandon Nimmo discusses return from long rehab stint: 'I'm excited to be healthy'

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Brandon Nimmo follows through swing home uniform
Brandon Nimmo follows through swing home uniform

Brandon Nimmo is finally back in New York -- albeit in the Bronx -- with the Mets this weekend as they face off against the Yankees in the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.

Nimmo missed the last two months with a finger injury, but will be batting leadoff Friday night for the Mets after the long absence.

He spoke to the media on the field ahead of Friday's game and shared his excitement on being back with the team.

"I'm excited to be healthy and to be able to help contribute to this team in whatever way I can," Nimmo said.

"In my layman way of understanding [the injury] would be that [the ligament] kind of like came off the bone a touch," he said describing the injury. "Not all the way, but about half way. So it's gotten the time to heal now...it's felt good for the last few weeks."

Nimmo said that his finger has been feeling good for the last three weeks to be exact, and that the progressions during his rehab got him to where he is this weekend.

The Mets had been doing alright without Nimmo for a while there and are still atop the NL East, but their lead in the standings has shrunk over the last couple of weeks and there's a chance that they could get knocked off the throne this weekend.

"It's baseball." Nimmo said on the Mets' play without him. "You're going to go through ups and downs, and this team's been through a lot lately. We've had the injuries, obviously to start the season the whole covid outbreak and then having to make all those games up in a short period of time now.

"In baseball, you're going to go through good times and bad times, and so really it's just been a little bit of a slower time, but still in first place, which is a great place to be. And I think we're starting to get some guys back and hopefully we can all get in a groove and start to mesh as a team again and go on a win streak."

Barring any inclement weather, Nimmo will be the first at-bat of the night at Yankee Stadium starting at 7:05 p.m.