PORT ST. LUCIE — Brandon Nimmo was a late scratch from the Mets lineup Wednesday, after team officials decided the time was right for the outfielder to receive additional heart testing, as a followup to player physicals before the start of camp.
According to manager Luis Rojas, the testing was precautionary. Rojas indicated he didn’t know the issue that prompted team doctors to order the followup testing.
“We were able to get the appointments for today,” Rojas said after the Mets lost 4-2 to the Astros in an exhibition game. “We are not really concerned about it, but it’s something we want to get done this early in spring training for sure.”
Nimmo last played for the Mets on Monday.
Ryan Cordell went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Mets in their 4-2 exhibition loss to the Astros at Clover Park. The 27-year-old Cordell, an outfielder, appeared in 97 games for the White Sox last season and figures to provide depth at Triple-A.
Dominic Smith was nailed attempting to steal third base in the fifth inning after delivering an RBI single that had pulled the Mets within 3-2.
Walker Lockett, who is out of minor league options, pitched 1²/₃ scoreless innings in relief for the Mets. The right-hander was used as a spot starter last season.
The Mets face the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., with Rick Porcello on the mound for his second start of this exhibition season.
Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman are among the Mets’ other scheduled pitchers.