Recovering from injury as Mets’ Harrison Bader injuries his neck and upper back area by hitting the wall

Manager Carlos Mendoza called Bader day to day after pulling him from the game in the fourth inning. Brandon

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Nimmo replaced Bader and drove in two runs as part of New York’s 7-2 victory in 10 innings. Nimmo was seeing his first game action since cutting his forehead when he fainted and fell in his hotel room on Sunday night.

Mendoza said he was pretty comfortable putting Nimmo in.

“After he went through his pregame routine, he came in the office and said, ‘I’m good to go,’” Mendoza recalled. “And then after he saw that Bader play, he went right in and started moving around, so he was ready to go and then obviously we saw it.”

Bader went back on a ball hit by Jacob Young in the bottom of the third and collided left arm first with the video screen in right-center field. He was slow to get to his feet but stayed in the game until Mendoza decided to take him out.

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“He said he felt something last night, didn’t think much of it and then today, same,” Mendoza siad. “And then when he went to hit in the cages, he didn’t feel right. Hopefully it’s just a day or two. We’ll see what we got tomorrow, but that’s all to it.”

Bader, 30, is hitting .273 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in his first season with the Mets after signing a one-year, $10.5 million contract in January. He split last season between the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds and previously played several seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals.