The one downside of the Mets’ weekend sweep of the Giants came when Michael Conforto got hit on the wrist by a George Kontos pitch. X-rays came back negative, and the team was hopeful he’d be back in action last night for the series opener against the Marlins.
But Conforto didn’t play, and the injury appears to be a bit more complicated. Per multiple reports, he had another x-ray taken on Tuesday, and it revealed what the team is calling a “severe bone bruise.” Conforto is having trouble gripping and swinging a bat. Indications are it will be at least a few more days before the bruising heals and he can return to action.
The 24-year-old has been tremendous in his second full big league season, hitting .285/.405/.548 with 14 home runs. But he hasn’t been playing every day due to several factors, including recent hot streaks from Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce. With Yoenis Cespedes remaining a staple in the lineup, it remains a crowded outfield for the Mets, at least on paper. It’s never a logjam if they’re not all able to play.