Mets' Luis Rojas clarifies Luis Guillorme's injury, discusses Brandon Nimmo's status

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Luis Guillorme runs to third cropped
Luis Guillorme runs to third cropped

The Mets placed INF Luis Guillorme on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain before Sunday's rubber match against Cincinnati. Meanwhile, CF Brandon Nimmo -- who felt a "pinch" in his hamstring during Friday's game -- made a sixth-inning PH appearance on Sunday.

After Sunday's game, manager Luis Rojas weighed in on where both players stand.

"When (Guillorme) was going second to home, that's when he felt it," Rojas said, referencing Guillorme's game-tying run scored in the ninth inning of Saturday's win.

"We almost took him out of the game, but he chose to finish 'cause we were kind of in a jam at the time -- we only had (Tomas) Nido -- and we were going to double switch for Nido, just trying to get a chance to get two innings out of (Edwin) Diaz. And he ended up staying in the game. Nido came out of the double switch and we were out of players at that point and he finished the game for us. But yeah, he hurt himself on that play when he scored from second."

Guillorme does not have a timeline to return as the Mets (55-49) embark on a seven-game road trip, starting with a four-game set at the Miami Marlins (44-61) Monday through Thursday. In 56 games, Guillorme is slashing .293/.406/.345 with one home run and four RBI.

"From what I heard ... the grade is one and a half," Rojas said. "So under a two-grade hamstring strain. So it's -- don't have any timeline for you, but that was at least the level that I heard."

Nimmo, on the other hand, is a different case. After a hand injury sidelined Nimmo earlier this season, Rojas and the Mets continue to keep a close eye on the everyday CF, who sports a slash line of .298/.427/.411 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 45 games.

"We'll check with the performance staff," Rojas said when asked about Nimmo's chances of being in the Mets' lineup for Monday's game. "They gave the OK after we talked this morning. I went in there and they gave the OK. They were running tests out on the field, here in the cage, and he exceeded all the expectations. They were comfortable with him just being off the bench. So after probably getting out of the Zoom room here, I'll check. But I know this is going to take me probably till tomorrow and see how he feels tomorrow.

"And if they're comfortable with him starting a game and doing everything he has to do -- from breaking to a ball in center field, from getting on base, from going first to third -- all the different things that we need him to do in a game, in order to win and for him to impact it. So we'll wait and see how they feel about it tomorrow."