Mets’ Brandon Nimmo scratched from spring training start for cardiac screening

Brandon Nimmo. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was scratched late from his spring-training start against the Astros on Wednesday after his cardiologist suggested additional cardiac screening, the Mets released. 

“We were able to get that done today,” the Mets said in their statement. 

Nimmo was slated to start in center field and bat second but by game time, Ryan Cordell was in his place. 

The 26-year-old has no known history of cardiac issues.

Nimmo missed a large portion of the 2019 season due to a bulging cervical disc in his neck and was expected to be the team’s Opening Day center fielder next month. 

It was a disappointing follow-up to a promising 2018 season in which he emerged as a legitimate lead-off candidate for the Mets. 

In 140 games, he batted .263 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI while finishing fourth in the majors with a .404 on-base percentage.

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