Mets OF Michael Conforto played in a minor league game for the second time since having shoulder surgery last summer and is glad to be getting closer to full health. He went 0-5 with two walks and played the outfield.
"Not much more to report," Conforto said after Saturday's game. "Still got to get the timing back. It's just another step, another day, a couple AB's closer. Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow."
On Friday, Conforto went 0-for-4 with two walks in what was his first game action this spring.
"Timing is a little off," Conforto said after Friday's game, "but that's to be expected the first time out there."
"I don't feel anything in there (the shoulder). ... At this point, I'm pretty much going through my normal routine in the cage. Feels like it (the injury) never happened."
Conforto, who is slated to play the field in a minor league game tomorrow, said earlier this week that he "fully expects" to play in a Grapefruit League game at some point next week.
The targeted return date for Conforto has been May 1, though he said earlier this offseason that he's ahead of schedule. And his rapid progression this spring suggests he can beat the May 1 date.
"There's the May 1st date, and that kind of gives me an idea," he said earlier this offseason. "As a competitor, it's tough for me not to look at that date and want to get out there before that."
Conforto dislocated his shoulder toward the end of last season, which required surgery to repair the posterior capsule last Aug. 24. The initial diagnosis was that it would require at least a six-month recovery.
In Conforto's absence, the Mets are expected to have Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares, and Jay Bruce in the outfield from left to right.
When Conforto returns, the expectation is that he will play center field.