Mets OF Michael Conforto dislocated and tore the posterior capsule in his left shoulder while swinging during his at-bat in the fifth inning on Thursday at Citi Field.
All treatment options are on the table, including season-ending surgery.
Conforto was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Friday, ending his season, and he and the team will now decide how to proceed.
Will Carroll: Conforto's injury is a bad combination -- violent and unusual. There's simply nothing to go on here besides the fact of his condition and the mechanism of the injury. There's just no one who's had exactly this injury who has been in any way comparable to Conforto in skill or talent. That means that we can't say "it normally goes like X," or, "We can expect Y."
What we're left with is a series of injuries that can be treated and some guesses as to how this will go. There are certainly plenty of injuries to shoulder capsules after dislocation, but not in a baseball hitter. We know labrum damage is likely, but not how much; though, in this case, hitters like Matt Kemp offer a point of comparison.
In the short term, getting the shoulder back to stable should be easy. The dislocation was reduced quickly. If the internal damage is repaired surgically, the technique and really the amount of work done is going to guide the timeline. I think the biggest issue is that changing the internal mechanics of his shoulder is likely to alter his swing. Peter Gammons did a great article a few years back on the struggles of Kemp and others to return after shoulder surgery. We'll see whether Conforto is able to move forward better due to advances in technique and technology. >> To follow Will on Twitter, click here.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog Contributor: If Conforto has surgery, he's likely six-to-eight weeks from starting a therapy program. And then probably six-to-eight weeks after that for when he can start a baseball strengthening program, meaning he might not be able to start baseball activities until sometime in January.
I don't think it matters that it isn't his throwing shoulder since it impacts his ability to swing a bat. And a damaged posterior capsule -- surgery or not -- impacts the ability to complete the swing for a hitter. If they operate, that thing needs a long strengthening program which includes rebuilding elasticity.
From a planning perspective, the Mets need to assume Opening Day is iffy at best. Especially with their history and lack of depth in the outfield. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Danny Abriano, SNY.tv:
Michael Conforto collapsing to the dirt in agony at Citi Field first reminded me of when David Wright was drilled in the head by Matt Cain in 2009. As was the case yesterday, a young, homegrown, star was writhing in pain as Mets fans first gasped and then fell silent. And as was the case in 2009 -- another season with enormous expectations that was derailed because of a rash of injuries -- the Mets were dealt an almost impossible to fathom blow.
The difference between Wright's 2009 injury (concussion) and Conforto's is that we at this point have no idea when Conforto will return. And that's what makes this so infuriating. For Conforto, for the Mets, and for the fans.
On one hand, there's the matter of Conforto's health and whether he'll have surgery -- and what the prognosis will be. On the other hand, his injury potentially makes the offseason even trickier for Sandy Alderson to navigate. One of the givens heading into 2018 was Conforto, a homegrown middle-of-the-order bat who had become a star. And how, he's not a given anymore.
Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog Contributor:
I already advocated that Conforto's injury should be the last straw, but here I am still talking about it, because man does it just stink. Just when you think this team has seen enough injuries and that there can't possibly be any more, there is. And not only is there another injury, it's to our All-Star, the kid who was taking initiative both on the field and in the clubhouse. It truly never fails, does it?
Conforto is out for the rest of the season, and quite possibly won't be back in time for Opening Day (always have to assume the worst as a Mets fan), all from swinging a bat. What he does for a living. What he has done every day for the majority of his life. He was swinging a bat, and dislocated his shoulder and tore his shoulder capsule. How. Yes, I get it. If you've had this injury before, you're likely to get it again. But come on, all of these injuries are truly getting ridiculous at this point.
Saying that this is a blow to the team is an absolute understatement. No, the Mets aren't going anywhere this season, but Conforto was a force in the lineup and on the field. The veterans just had a meeting to encourage the team to end the season strong, and now one of their biggest contributors is out. From swinging a bat in a game.
Just when fans think that they've dealt with the worst of it, something like this happens. And we all just suffer all over again. Can we just end the season already? >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog Contributor:
This was literally the last thing the Mets needed and it's a brutal hit for the team, especially psychologically.
Conforto's .939 OPS and 27 home runs were huge for a team trying to sort itself out and he has been growing into a leadership role in a clubhouse with very few veterans. Moreover, he is a central figure in their otherwise-hazy 2018 plans and it's hard to say how this will impact them.
There are virtually no position player comparisons to go off of for Conforto's injury, which complicates matters. His youth will work in his favor in regards to recovery time, as will the fact that it is his non-throwing shoulder, but the Mets will likely be conservative in how they manage him. He's the unquestioned star of this team and his absence, however long, has cast a dark shadow over an already-dreary season. >> To follow Maggie on Twitter, click here.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog: 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 >> To read the rest of Matt's reaction from earlier today on MetsBlog, click here!