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Mets rising outfielder has collapsed lung

ST. LOUIS — Brandon Nimmo’s shortness of breath on the Fourth of July was more serious than he could have anticipated.

The Mets outfielder has been diagnosed with a collapsed lung and was placed on the disabled list Saturday, essentially trading spots with Michael Conforto, who was activated from the DL but absent from the starting lineup against the Cardinals.

Nimmo was taken to a local hospital Friday night and released. He returned to the Mets clubhouse Saturday and has been told to avoid flying for at least a few days. Nimmo says he will drive about 4 ½ hours to Nashville with teammate Steven Matz for the All-Star break. Previously, Nimmo and Matz planned flying to Nashville, where the pitcher resides in the offseason.

Even so, Nimmo flew with the team from Washington late Wednesday night, before he was aware of the collapsed lung, and said there were no problems.

“It sounds a lot more serious than it probably is, as far as my case is, but when you hear ‘collapsed lung,’ I did not think that was what we were going to hear,” Nimmo said. “I was honestly trying to get back to be ready to pinch hit or whatever situation came up. When they said it was a collapsed lung, I was taken aback too.”

The 24-year-old Nimmo was 7-for-20 (.350) since arriving from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 16. Nimmo had a career-best game on Tuesday, with three hits against the Nationals, and later felt discomfort breathing. He said he has no knowledge of what might have caused the ailment.

“The first sign that I had of it was just after the game,” Nimmo said. “I felt like, if you’ve ever been in cold weather and you breathe in, maybe that first breath hits you and makes you cough. That was really the only thing that happened, and that lasted for 20 minutes.”

Nimmo alerted the team’s medical staff Friday, when the discomfort persisted. He has been prescribed rest and says he is unsure about a timetable for return.

It’s the second significant setback for Nimmo this season – he was placed on the disabled list at the end of spring training after returning from the World Baseball Classic with a strained right hamstring. Nimmo also had a bruised hand during this timeframe and didn’t resume playing for Las Vegas until mid-May.

“I think because it’s such an important part of the body that I think this is just something that we should be conservative about,” Nimmo said. “But I really don’t expect it to be too long – we’re not talking about months. I don’t think we’re talking about anything like that. It obviously already healed or else air would still be leaking into my chest cavity.”

Nimmo’s injury was just the latest for a Mets team that has been stretched thin by the disabled list this season.

Manager Terry Collins said he was told by medical personnel there might be no cause for Nimmo’s condition.

“It’s just one of those things that sometimes happens to athletes who are in great shape,” Collins said. “He’s going to have another test [Sunday]. Hopefully they can get it taken care of and we’ll let him rest for a few days and then get him back on the field.”

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/07/08/mets-rising-outfielder-has-collapsed-lung/

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