New York Mets Michael Conforto suffers dislocated shoulder

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Michael Conforto
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Michael Conforto /

Mets’ young slugger Michael Conforto has suffered a dislocated shoulder in a game against the Diamondbacks.

The New York Mets began the 2017 season with one thing on their mind: World Series. Well, in late August, they have traded away most of their starters from last season and sit in fourth place in the NL East with a record of 55-71.

The one bright spot on throughout the season has been the play of Michael Conforto. The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI’s in 108 games this season. Unfortunately for the Mets, Conforto’s All-Star season may be over.

In a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Conforto suffered a dislocated left shoulder in a freak accident. He swung and missed at a fastball from D’Back’s Robbie Ray and immediately fell to the ground. He stayed there holding his shoulder until the medical staff came out to check on him.

If you’re familiar with the Mets’ luck, this should come as no surprise. Mets ace Noah Syndergaard has been out of commission since late April with a torn lat muscle. Starter Matt Harvey and closer Jeurys Familia later joined him on the DL.

Although the Mets have been bitten by the injury bug all season long, it is hardly an excuse considering the performance of the players when healthy. Aside from Syndergaard, the injured Metropolitans have not performed well on the mound. This includes Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Seth Lugo.

They do not have another 20 home run hitter on the team besides Conforto (Jay Bruce is now on the Indians.) With this injury,  the Mets will be even harder to watch down the stretch.

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In Queens, 2018, when the Mets and their fans expect to contend with a healthy group of starting pitchers and top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith on the field, cannot come soon enough.

As for 2017, the season can be summed up in this one swing and miss by the team’s best player.