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Michael Conforto suffered a left wrist contusion in Sunday’s game

X-rays were negative; he hopes to return Tuesday

MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports

In the fifth inning of yesterday’s 8-2 rout of the Giants, Michael Conforto was hit on the wrist by a George Kontos pitch. While he initially stayed in the game, Conforto eventually left in the sixth inning and was sent for x-rays, initially fearing a break. The x-rays came back negative, and Conforto hopes to be back in the lineup for tomorrow night’s series opener against the Miami Marlins.

Conforto told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, “I want to be in there as soon as possible. It’s pretty stiff right now and hopefully I will be back out there as soon as possible.”

Due to the now-healthy Yoenis Cespedes, the continuation of Curtis Granderson’s great run at the plate, and Jay Bruce’s good (but not as good as Granderson’s) stretch, Conforto has seen his playing time suffer, not starting three of the last five games. With Terry Collins’s seeming preference to play veterans over younger players, as well as his continued assertion that Conforto needs to sit against tough lefties, it appears that, barring injury or a trade of Granderson or Bruce, Conforto will continue to have a lessened role on the team down the stretch.

The Mets are scheduled to face off against right-hander Jose Urena tomorrow in Miami.