8:15PM: Conforto and McNeil will each obtain MRIs, supervisor Luis Rojas instructed Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News and different reporters. In accordance with Thosar, Rojas’ feedback appeared to suggest that Conforto’s harm may very well be of better concern than McNeil’s downside. McNeil stated his harm was a “carry over” from the cramping points that just lately sidelined him for a few video games.
12:58PM: Mets outfielder Michael Conforto left this afternoon’s recreation towards the Rays within the high of the primary inning after pulling up lame whereas working to first base, Tim Healey of Newsday was amongst these to notice (Twitter link). Conforto is coping with proper hamstring tightness, the Mets introduced (via Mike Puma of the New York Post). Jake Hager changed him in proper discipline. Moreover, second baseman Jeff McNeil departed within the second inning with left hamstring tightness. McNeil, who was serving because the designated hitter in as we speak’s interleague contest, was changed on the place by catcher Patrick Mazeika.
It’s too early to know if both participant is at risk of lacking prolonged time. If Conforto winds up having to sit down out, it’d be an particularly troublesome blow to a Mets outfield that’s already with out Brandon Nimmo and depth choice Albert Almora Jr. Nimmo, who has been out since Could 3 with a left index finger contusion, was despatched for additional remedy because of continued ache, supervisor Luis Rojas instructed reporters (together with Healey and Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News) this morning.
Hager has nearly solely labored as an infielder within the minors, making him a extra pure potential alternative for McNeil. Utilityman José Peraza has spent some extra time on the grass, however he’s additionally extra of an infielder by commerce. If Conforto winds up lacking time, the Mets might flip to prospect Khalil Lee, who was just lately optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after receiving his first massive league name earlier within the week. If McNeil has to overlook some video games, non-roster veteran Brandon Drury may very well be an choice, though he’s off to a poor begin in Syracuse and would have to be added to the 40-man roster.
Conforto is hitting .232/.358/.339 over his first 134 plate appearances this season. That marks a downturn in manufacturing for the upcoming free agent, who slashed a sturdy .274/.376/.499 between 2019-20. McNeil can be having a little bit of a down yr relative to his previous degree of manufacturing, hitting .242/.336/.374 in 113 journeys to the plate.