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Mets outfielder Michael Conforto scratched from lineup with thumb issue

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Michael Conforto
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Michael Conforto

When we get some positive David Wright news, we have to get some negative injury news somewhere else

The Mets have scratched Michael Conforto from Tuesday night’s lineup for the second game of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team says Conforto’s issue is a minor thumb injury and they are just being extra cautious with their 2017 All-Star outfielder.

Conforto’s thumb reportedly felt sore, but thankfully the X-rays that were taken all came back clean.

The 24-year-old outfielder has been struggling a bit lately, so this day off may not be the worst thing for him at the moment. Over his last 13 games, Conforto has been just .174 with an on-base percentage of .296 and a slugging percentage of .457.

Overal, 2017 has definitely been a breakout season for the third year Mets outfielder. He’s finally gotten a chance to play regularly after starting the season on the bench, somehow, and he’s definitely taken advantage of his opportunity.

While I’d like to see his average a little bit higher than the current .278 he’s at, he’s been drawing a lot of walks (57 so far this year) getting his on-base percentage up to .385, and has been hitting for power with 27 total home runs (a new career high).

Hopefully this latest minor injury doesn’t turn into something worse like it did with Conforto back at the end of June. After being hit by a pitch on the hand, the Mets struggled to decide whether to DL Conforto or not, and he would eventually end up missing more time when they were forced to sideline him any way with his hand injury.

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If this injury is actually not a big deal and is minor, cool. Hopefully Conforto is back in the lineup tomorrow. If he ends up missing multiple games because of it, the Mets need to take action right away in a season that’s already been lost.