Michael Conforto left Thursday's game in the fifth inning after dislocating his left shoulder swinging during an at bat against the D-backs at Citi Field.
Conforto had an MRI after the game that revealed a tear in the posterior capsule in his shoulder. The Mets have said all treatment options are on the table, including season-ending surgery.
The 24-year-old Conforto, who will be placed on the disabled list Friday, suffered a similar shoulder injury before in his Mets career started, manager Terry Collins said after the game.
Aug. 24, 2017: Conforto drops to the ground after dislocating his shoulder at Citi Field. Murray, USA Today Sports
"It turns your stomach," Collins said of watching Conforto in extreme, debilitating pain. "A player who's having a tremendous year and really making a name for himself, to go down like that and with that kind of an injury, it's tough to watch."
Conforto entered the at-bat hitting .279 with a .384 OBP, .555 SLG, 27 home runs, 20 doubles, and 68 RBI in 109 games this season.
"He's one of our centerpieces here," a somber Zack Wheeler added after the game. "He's young and he has a bright future ahead of him. So, when you see something like that happen, it's unfortunate. You just hope the best for him."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): It's too early to estimate when Conforto will be back, because he and his family, team, and agent have yet to decide how best to proceed. That said, if he has surgery, I've heard from doctors, physical therapists and experts to expect at least a three-to-six month rehab, though it could easily be more than that depending on what else is discovered in his shoulder during the procedure.
So, yes, Conforto missing a chunk of next season (because of this one swing and injury) is a possibility. Of course, before we all go freaking out, let's take it step-by-step to see how they intend to play this out.
The good news is that, according to injury expert, author, and consultant Will Carroll, there has been a bit of a revolution during the last few years as it pertains to shoulder surgery and rehabilitation. So, looking to history for clues on Michael's return may not be accurate.
In addition, Conforto's injury is very rare, Carroll told me. Matt Kemp may be the closest comparison, but it isn't exact. The bottom line is that there is not much precedent to work from when making an educated guess at Conforto's recovery (with or without surgery). So, I'm sorry to say we need to trust Michael, his support system, his doctors, and the team to make the right decision and inform the media of his path back to the big leagues.
Aug 24, 2017; Conforto (30) is helped off of the field at Citi Field. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports
By the way, this absolutely sucks. There is no other way to put it. It's bad enough we had to watch the bulk of this season without Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, David Wright, and Jeurys Familia, plus missed getting to watch a healthy Yoenis Cespedes, among other players, but to lose Conforto -- the best, brightest young hitter the Mets have had since Wright -- is demoralizing.
It's not just the Mets, either. It stinks that all baseball fans missed getting to watch Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Josh Donaldson, J.D. Martinez, Trea Turner, Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Correa, and on and on the list goes...
I understand injuries happen, that they're part of the game, but this is getting really, really tiresome. Frankly, it's at a point that, if I were ever going to quit watching professional sports, it would be because major injuries are constantly forcing me to not watch promising, exciting, entertaining players like Conforto, Trout, Correa, Syndergaard, and so on.
I can handle losing because talent simply didn't pan out as expected. But, to never get a chance to see it pan out -- and only live on a diet of hope and promises -- because the talent isn't healthy or ever on field -- is starting to feel pointless to me.