Michael Conforto left today’s game after striking out.
Conforto reports that he felt the stiffness after his first swing at his second at-bat. SNY spoke with Conforto about this stiffness, and he says he feels fine.
“It could have been the bus ride. Just on the first swing in that second at-bat, it just kind of stiffened up a little bit. When I came back in, I told Terry it stiffened up. I’ll probably go back to St. Lucie just to get a little treatment. I feel OK. It’s just a little stiff.”
“It’s a little bit frustrating because I can’t remember the last time I came out of a game. But I’ve been relatively pain-free, or no back tightness. Today was a weird day…. It was an early bus ride. We got here a little bit late. I didn’t get to swing in the cage before I went out on the field. So, I think, a little preparation and a little treatment, I’ll be fine in a few days.”
Terry Collins also stated that it wasn’t a big concern, and that is was most likely due to the bus ride and not getting to loosen up before the game.
Assuming this is just back stiffness as it is being reported, this should not be a major concern. Conforto is young, and the Mets are going to play it safe this Spring Training. If someone’s back is bothering them even just a little bit, the Mets are going to pull them from the game. We have already seen this with Jacob deGrom being scratched from his start about a week ago due to a stiff back caused by the mattress he was sleeping on. Not enough proof the Mets are just playing it safe? Shortly after deGrom was scratched from his start, Yoenis Cespedes also missed a game due to a stiff hip.
I really do not believe we have anything to worry about with Conforto right now. There is still about a week and a half until Opening Day, plenty of time to get over a stiff back (assuming this is all it is). However, if this is a bigger issue, the Mets do have back-ups in the outfield in both Alejandro De Aza and Juan Lagares