In what unfortunately comes as unsurprising news, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto will have surgery on his left shoulder next week. Conforto suffered the injury on a swing and fell to the ground in pain, and an MRI revealed a tear in the posterior capsule of that shoulder. That diagnosis came with the possibility of surgery, and that surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, according to the Mets.
There have been many potential timelines for recovery thrown out in educated speculation since Conforto suffered the injury, but it seems reasonable to worry about whether or not he’ll be ready for Opening Day in 2018 and what the effects of the injury and surgery might be beyond that. What’s particularly disheartening about the whole situation is that Conforto was enjoying an excellent season, as he hit .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and a 145 wRC+ in 440 plate appearances this year.