Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mets Injury News: Nimmo Injures Hand Signing Contract, Ike Cleared To Resume Spitting

On most teams, a young prospect really feels like he is part of the group just by donning the team's cap.  But when the team is the NY Mets, one is not truly an Amazin' until your name is listed on some level of disabled list.

And so it was late on Monday night as first round draft pick Brandon Nimmo just beat the clock and signed his first professional contract with the New York Mets.

Nimmo, a promising outfielder from the state of Wyoming, was just finishing the last arc of the "O" in his last name when somehow his right middle finger (wouldn't you just know it would be that one) slid unexpectedly down the pen and crashed hard into the table top.  The result was a broken nail and grade 2 fracture of the digit.

Trainers on hand for the signing (this was a Mets signing after all) attempted in vain to stop the bleeding and immediately iced down the broken finger but it was clear that Nimmo's first professional stop would be the Disabled List rather than the locker room at Port St. Lucie.

Trying to put the best possible spin on the event Mets PR director Jay Horwitz said, "While this injury was unforeseen and regrettable, it should allow Brandon to meet many of his new teammates at our team's rehab facility in Florida.  Coincidentally, that facility has recently been expanded and is now nearly the size of the Mayo Clinic."

In other injury news, Ike Davis was cleared to resume at least one baseball activity today...spitting.

Club officials now say the plan is to have Ike go back to Florida next week and start spitting in simulated games.  If all goes well then he'll do his spitting with the St. Lucie Mets, then up to Binghamton, and finally on to triple-A Buffalo.

If his expectorating meets expectations (and try saying that 10 times quickly) then he will head back to Florida again and perhaps take a few ground balls and start hitting off a tee.

With any luck at all Ike should be as good as new for the start of the 2015 season.

 All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Story by Larry Smith.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight     

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