A nightmare season just got worse for the New York Mets as star outfielder, and Oregon State favorite, Michael Conforto suffered a painful-looking shoulder injury in today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which the team has already confirmed as a dislocation.
Michael Conforto left today's game with a left shoulder dislocation.— New York Mets (@Mets) August 24, 2017
In the 5th inning of today’s game against the Diamondbacks, Conforto took a hard cut at a pitch from Robbie Ray and collapsed to the ground after his follow through.
Conforto had been enjoying a breakthrough season for the injury-plagued Mets, slashing .280/.386/.550 with 27 home runs in just 108 games. In July he was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game as the Mets’ lone representative.
The Mets are currently in 4th place in the NL East with a record of 55-70. The Mets were widely expected to be contenders in their division this season before the injury toll began.
The extent to which this team has been decimated by injuries cannot be overemphasized:
Pitchers Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Jeurys Familia, and Steven Matz are currently on the Disabled List, and it’s unclear if or when staff ace Noah Syndergaard will return. Position players José Reyes, David Wright, and T.J. Rivera are all either on the 10- or 60-day DLs, as well.
And now it looks like Michael Conforto—one of the few saving graces in a season of misery for the ages—will most likely be joining them.
Our hearts go out to Conforto, his family and teammates, and Mets’ fans everywhere. It absolutely sucks to watch a good guy get hurt, and it sucks even more when it happens to one that we really really like.
#GoBeavs and (today, at least) #GoMets