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Michael Conforto dealing with sore, swollen thumb, won’t start today

The red-hot Conforto is available to pinch-hit.

New York Mets v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Michael Conforto is dealing with a sore/swollen thumb that will keep him out of the lineup for today’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mickey Callaway said that Conforto jammed this thumb twice last night after jamming it badly about a week-and-a-half ago, but the outfielder will be available to pinch hit today if needed.

On the season, Conforto is hitting .230/.352/.401 with a 1.2 fWAR and a 109 wRC+ in 93 games for the Mets. It’s been a relatively rough go of it for him as he returned from surgery for a shoulder injury that ended a very strong 2017 season, during which he hit .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and a 146 wRC+. Conforto has been since the All-Star break, though, going 11-for-30 (.367) with two doubles, three home runs, and nine runs batted in eight games.

The recently-signed Austin Jackson will start in center field today in his place, with Brandon Nimmo and Jose Bautista patrolling left field and right field, respectively.