Brandon Nimmo, the Mets outfielder currently out due to a bulging disc in his neck, was on the West Coast while the team embarked on a three-city, 11-game road trip on Monday.
Nimmo traveled to California to receive a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins on the recurring pain in his neck. Watkins specializes in innovative spine surgeries.
"We'll see what comes of that. We're just continuing to try and figure out why his neck is stiff and take the appropriate actions,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.
Nimmo was on track to return from the injured list before he was scratched from the Triple-A Syracuse lineup during a rehab assignment on Friday. He returned to New York City to be re-evaluated before shipping off to California.
The 26-year-old has been on the IL since May 21 with what the Mets are calling “neck stiffness.” It’s an injury that has lingered since mid-April, when Nimmo collided into the center field wall while attempting to make a catch against the Braves at SunTrust Park. More than three weeks ago, Nimmo described his injury as a bulging cervical disc pushing on a nerve in his neck.