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Mets: Michael Conforto leaves game after being hit by pitch, X-rays negative

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Jun 25, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) gets hit by a pitch from the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) gets hit by a pitch from the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets fandom held their collective breath as Michael Conforto shook his left wrist after being hit with a pitch in Sunday’s game.

With the Mets already up early in their series finale against the San Francisco Giants, Michael Conforto was removed from the game in the sixth inning after being hit with a fastball on his left hand. Brandon Nimmo would serve as his replacement in left field for the remainder of the game, but naturally we are all expecting the worst when it came to Conforto.

The good news is that X-rays on Conforto’s left hand came back negative, so the Mets are officially calling it a contusion. We can all breathe a little easier.

During the broadcast, Keith Hernandez suggested in the booth that they should be putting ice on his wrist for the next 24 hours to prevent swelling, so hopefully Ray Ramirez and company had the game on and heard him. It’s not that we don’t really trust the Mets’ medical and training staff, but we totally don’t trust the Mets’ medical and training staff.

This latest blip could not have come at a worse time for Conforto — whose playing time has gone down a bit over the past few games. Curtis Granderson‘s bat has been on fire lately, so naturally manager Terry Collins wanted to reward him with more playing time.

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The Mets have an off day on Monday, so at least Conforto should have that day to rest his left hand. They start a series in Miami beginning on Tuesday, so while it would be good to see Conforto on the field in that game, it wouldn’t surprise us to see an outfield alignment of Yoenis Cespedes in left, Granderson in center, and Jay Bruce in right.

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