JUPITER, Fla. — Brandon Nimmo is cleared to resume baseball activities, after precautionary cardiac tests conducted over two days indicated he isn’t at risk.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen declined to provide details Thursday about what prompted the testing on the outfielder, which followed the checkups players receive before the start of camp, but a source said Nimmo has an irregular heartbeat — a condition he’s known about for “years.”
As part of his recent evaluation, according to the source, Nimmo wore a heart monitor for a 24-hour stretch beginning Wednesday and underwent a stress test.
“We always want to be precautious and never want to put players in harm’s way,” Van Wagenen said before the Mets played the Marlins on Thursday night. “I think this was a perfect example of that.”
Nimmo had been scratched from Wednesday’s lineup shortly before first pitch so he could undergo the testing.
On Thursday, Nimmo’s wife, Chelsea Jane, tweeted there was no reason for concern about her husband’s health.
“I’m just gonna say it. Brandon is fine (other than wishing he could just do his thing & play!),” she tweeted. “The timing was inconvenient & has caused a media storm. He’s healthy and feels great, just have to be sure of these things. Hopefully we can get this all cleared up and move forward!”
Matt Adams was scratched from the lineup to undergo further cardiac testing and replaced by Pete Alonso at first base. Ryan Cordell moved into the DH spot at which Alonso had been scheduled to start.
Seth Lugo has been running at full speed and expects to throw live batting practice Sunday, the likely final step before pitching an exhibition game for the first time this spring. Lugo is progressing from a fractured left pinky toe he sustained by banging his foot on the ottoman in his hotel room.
Robinson Cano said he is planning to play his first exhibition game of the spring on Friday. The veteran second baseman has been building up his legs early in camp.
Marcus Stroman is the Mets’ scheduled starting pitcher against the Cardinals on Friday in Port St. Lucie. The right-hander will be making his second start of the spring. Jeurys Familia and Daniel Zamora are among the other pitchers scheduled to appear for the Mets. … Nimmo is expected to return to the starting lineup in center field.
After allowing two stolen bases in one inning in his Grapefruit League debut last weekend, Rick Porcello tightened up his delivery. In two shutout innings Thursday night against the Marlins, in which he surrendered two hits, the right-hander didn’t allow a stolen base. The Mets lost 3-1 in Jupiter, Fla.
Pete Alonso doubled in the first inning for his first hit of the spring, then was promptly picked off second base.
The Mets struck out 13 times and drew only one walk.