Mets OF Jay Bruce (back) is unavailable to stall against the Diamondbacks on Thursday and is unlikely to play on Friday, according to manager Mickey Callaway.
After the Mets 2-0 loss to the Braves on Wednesday, Bruce said the backbone is "upper ass, upper hip pain" coming and going and lately "barking a bit".
The 31-year-old Bruce is currently facing .216 / .297 / .327 with three home runs this season. He has not hit homerun since May 7 and has only had five extra base hits since.
Against the D-backs on Thursday, the Mets Brandon Nimmo moved into the right field when Michael Conforto started in the middle and Jose Bautista in the left ,