Mets shut down Nimmo as Conforto experiment now looms

Brandon Nimmo is down for the count.

The Mets center fielder has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, manager Mickey Callaway announced Tuesday in Atlanta. The news came after Nimmo was in Los Angeles on Monday to get a second opinion on a bulging disc in his neck, which had sidelined him since going on the injured list May 21.

Nimmo’s extended absence means Callaway may make plans for Michael Conforto to see playing time in center field at some point, which would allow Jeff McNeil to slide over to right field with Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis in left. Smith and Davis were set to get their playing time reduced with Robinson Cano back from the injured list — bumping McNeil to left field — but now there may be another opening.

Juan Lagares and Carlos Gomez have handled the bulk of center field duties in Nimmo’s absence.

Nimmo, whose neck injury was initially termed “inflammation” by the team, had started a rehab assignment last week but it ended after five games when he was a late scratch from Triple-A Syracuse’s lineup Friday night. He returned to New York the next day to get checked out.