Prior to Saturday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets made an unfortunate move a reality as they placed Michael Conforto on the disabled list.
Conforto had been sidelined since Sunday afternoon when he got hit by a pitch on his left hand as the Mets finished a sweep of the San Francisco Giants. The original belief was that Conforto would be able to play after a couple of days, but his hand has simply not gotten better.
The good news is every test the Mets have performed have all come back negative. His hand and wrist are structurally fine, so this DL stint shouldn’t be too long. Unfortunately, since the team waited until Saturday to finally sideline him, he’ll have to miss an extra seven days after today (DL stints are only retroactive three days).
The Mets have been struggling with the decision to shelve Conforto over the past few days. They’ve been playing with a limited bench, and have still managed to win six out of their last seven games.
Thankfully, the outfield play has been picked up by Curtis Granderson‘s recent hot streak. He’s been an incredibly useful piece at the leadoff spot over the past couple of weeks, so for now, the team is okay without Conforto. They can give him enough time to fully heal and not rush back.
Yoenis Cespedes has also been playing relatively well lately. Since coming off the disabled list, Yo is hitting .323 with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI. Most importantly of all, he’s managed to stay healthy and has been playing pretty much every day. He’ll be back out there on Saturday as well.
In Conforto’s place on the roster, the Mets have activated Zack Wheeler off the disabled list to make his 14th start of the season. So far in 2017, Wheeler is 3-5 with a 5.29 ERA. He struggled his last couple of outings surrendering 15 runs in just over 3 2/3 innings pitched.
Wheeler would be subsequently placed on the disabled list with bicep tendonitis, so hopefully his pitching woes were directly related to that injury, and he can get back on track to his earlier dominance.