Mets OF Jay Bruce (back) is unavailable to pinch hit 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 that the back issue was "upper butt, top of hip" soreness that comes and goes and has "been kind of barking a bit" recently.
The 31-year-old Bruce is hitting just .216/.297/.327 with three home runs this season. He hasn't hit a home run since May 7, and has just five extra-base hits since then.
Against the D-Backs on Thursday, the Mets moved Brandon Nimmo to right field as Michael Conforto starts in center and Jose Bautista in left.