Mets’ Brandon Nimmo has torn ligament on left index finger

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Brandon Nimmo’s finger injury isn’t a nerve issue. It’s actually a small ligament tear in the base of his left index finger that has kept the outfielder on the injured list for so long, Mets manager Luis Rojas said Friday night.

Nimmo has been out since May 1 with the injury, which was initially diagnosed as a bone bruise in his left pointer finger and then was described as a nerve problem. Nimmo found out he has been slowed by a ligament tear after getting a second opinion from a hand surgeon in Ohio.

Acting general manager Zack Scott said in the next few days Nimmo would begin swinging off a tee and against soft toss if he continues to progress.

He has been taking dry swings the last few days.

Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo
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Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto continue to make progress from strained hamstrings that sent both to the IL in mid-May. McNeil is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Brooklyn on Sunday and he then will go to Triple-A Syracuse.

Conforto, who ran the bases before Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Padres, is a week behind McNeil, according to Scott. McNeil could return to the Mets at some point next week.

Infielder/outfielder J.D. Davis (left hand sprain) received a cortisone injection and his hand reacted well to it. He took swings on Friday for the first time since his hand was put in a splint, Scott said. Still, a return or rehabilitation assignment doesn’t appear imminent.

“The progress is going to take a while — he’s been out a while,” Scott said. “I think [he’ll be back] probably later this month.”

Davis has been on the IL since April 10.

Reliever Miguel Castro was bothered by stiffness in his neck and trapezius area during his outing Friday, in which he allowed a two-run homer to Jake Cronenworth. Rojas said he didn’t think it was serious, and Castro wanted to stay in the game.

Also, left-hander Aaron Loup was hit in the bicep by a Jorge Mateo line drive. Like Castro, Rojas said Loup appears to be fine.

Infielder Luis Guillorme was activated and grounded out as a pinch-hitter Friday. On the IL since April 30 with an oblique strain, Guillorme will see more time at second base than at third initially, Rojas said.

“It’s going to be well-received,” Rojas said. “He can get on base, he can drive the ball, he can pinch-hit. A lot of that we can use.”

To make room on the roster for Guillorme, infielder Travis Blankenhorn was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Mets moved right-hander Tommy Hunter (back) onto the 60-day IL to create a spot on the 40-man roster for newcomer Nick Tropeano. Scott said Hunter’s back is still bothering him.

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