NEW YORK (AP) Curtis Granderson was out of the New York Mets' lineup again Thursday night because of an injured right calf.
General manager Sandy Alderson said Granderson had an MRI that showed a mild strain. The right fielder was unavailable off the bench against the Chicago Cubs and is expected to miss at least a couple of games.
''It's already a lingering issue,'' Alderson said. ''The question is whether it's going to go more than a couple of days.''
Brandon Nimmo, recently promoted from the minors, played right field and batted leadoff in Granderson's place as the banged-up Mets opened a four-game series against the major league-best Cubs.
Granderson has a .323 on-base percentage with 13 home runs and 22 RBIs. He was a late scratch from the starting lineup Wednesday night in Washington but later delivered a pinch-hit single. He was removed from Tuesday's game with right calf tightness.
''We need to get it quieted down,'' manager Terry Collins said. ''They asked us to back off a little bit.''
Alderson said a reinforcement could arrive Friday in Gold Glove outfielder Juan Lagares, nearly ready to come off the 15-day disabled list. Sidelined since June 15 with a sprained left thumb, Lagares was scheduled to play his third rehab game with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday night.
In other news, the Mets added a fresh arm to their bullpen by calling up right-hander Seth Lugo from Triple-A Las Vegas. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin was optioned to the 51s.
Collins said Lugo could provide a long relief outing if necessary. Looking to make his major league debut, Lugo was 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 19 games (13 starts) at Las Vegas this season.