It was great to see Michael Conforto on the field, throwing, catching, laughing and again looking like a baseball player. In general, he appears to be less strong, but that is to be expected given the intense surgery he had on his shoulder as well as the extensive rehab that followed.
That said, he's moving fine. He did all stretches with teammates before long tossing from the foul line to center field and had no issues catching the baseball. He didn't hit, of course, but that will come.
The issue for Conforto is going to be the strength of his surgically-repaired shoulder. In time, he's going to look perfect: his normal ability to hit, throw, catch, dive, etc. Everyone will feel confident he's ready to again be an everyday player.
However, the true test will come when he extends his left arm, dives for a ball and lands on that shoulder. Or, when he's played five days in a row, with muscles that are unknowingly weak and he reaches out with his bat to hit an outside fastball. How will he hold up? The muscles and tendons might be strong enough to support the typical movements of a baseball player, but will they hold up to the extreme or fail and again put him on the disabled list?
David Wright was upbeat and realistic during his talk with 30-40 media members this morning in the dugout. He answered dozens of questions, smiled, joked, showed humility and honesty and seemed genuinely skeptical that he will ever return to being the player he had been before his string of back issues and surgeries.
That said, he is committed to trying and letting his physical state play itself out for better or worse, at which point he insists he will make a definitive choice on whether to keep playing or retire. I'm happy to see him being pragmatic and realistic, though, as opposed to just spitting generic, positive cliches that I'm not sure he even ever truly believed.
I can't get used to seeing Jacob deGrom pitch with short hair. It's confusing and like watching deGrom's twin brother filling in for the real deal during Spring Training.
Mickey Callaway is affable. It's the best word to describe him. And, he had it on full display this afternoon when answering questions from reporters about him and his teammates hunting shark Friday night. In a photo posted by one of Callaway's players, which has since been deleted from Instagram, Donald Trump Jr. is pictured celebrating a catch by Matt Harvey and Callaway.
At first, when asked about the excursion, Callaway cited team building, camaraderie and settling a bet with his players about his ability to fish.
Pressed on why Trump Jr. was in the photo, a topic that had been passionately debated by Mets fans on social media during the previous 12 hours, Callaway just smiled and shrugged his shoulder. He casually brushed it off, saying it was a coincidence, while joking that he likely doesn't have the necessary security clearance to know the President's son's schedule.
The majority of reporters smiled and laughed, Callaway smiled and laughed, as well. And the press conference, and issue, was seemingly over.
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