New York did not announce a lineup until about 30 minutes before the first lane while waiting to see if outfielders Nimmo and Mark Canha would be cleared from the COVID-19 protocols. Canha remained on the injury list.
Nimmo and Canha were located at IL ahead of the Mets’ home opener on Friday. Bench coach Glenn Sherlock is also off the team, and manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Sherlock “was not close” to returning.
Canha’s wife, Marci, said on Twitter that Mark has been vaccinated and boosted. Nimmo’s vaccine status is unknown. The rules for returning to the player list under baseball’s new employment contract are different for players who have been vaccinated, compared to those who are not.
The 29-year-old Nimmo hit .292 with a .401 on-base percentage last season and hits .333 with a .429 OBP and a 1,137 OPS this year.
Mets es Jacob deGrom will have another round of imaging taken on his injured right shoulder next Monday. Showalter said the double winner of the NL Cy Young Award is progressing as hoped.