Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) spoke to reporters Saturday afternoon and said he'll likely return to baseball activities in about six months.
"The general outline is six months, that's what both doctors said," Conforto said of the timetable to return. "It's not a set deadline, I guess. When I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks, we'll see where I'm at , see where my range of motion is, see where the strength is and kind of go from there."
Conforto, who dislocated his shoulder and tore the posterior capsule during a swing on Aug. 24 against the Diamondbacks, underwent surgery in Los Angeles two weeks ago to correct the issues.
"I got an explanation that there was probably some damage in there from football in high school and just from swinging in general," Conforto said. "The swing itself was a freak thing: I couldn't really tell you how it happened or why it happened. It was just a real weird situation. I was just trying to get the barrel there and it just happened popped out."
The outfielder said he'd like to be ready for Opening Day but said that is not set in stone. His return will be largely contingent on how he handles general baseball activities, like swinging a bat.
"I think it all depends on how I react to therapy," he said. "It could be shorter, it could be longer. We're going to make sure I'm all the way healthy before we get going. It's a tough question to answer at this point."
Conforto played in his first All-Star Game this past July and was hitting .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 109 games for the Mets during what was going to be his first full season in the big leagues.
"It was frustrating, obviously, because I felt like I had a lot more to give this year," he said. "But I know I'll be back and I'll be swinging the same way."