Mets outfielder Michael Conforto leaves game with dislocated left shoulder

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Michael Conforto
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Michael Conforto /

The Mets are cursed. There’s no other way around it

[Update 8-24-17, 10:25 p.m.]

The Mets have announced that Michael Conforto’s X-rays came back negative so there was no fracture of his shoulder. Unfortunately, an MRI revealed he did suffer a posterior capsule tear.

“All treatment options, including possible surgery to repair the capsule, are being considered,” the team said in its official statement.

This news is obviously not great as we were hoping no additional damage would have happened, but with dislocations like this, it was likely. Hopefully surgery is not needed and he can simply rehab it.

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During Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Michael Conforto dislocated his left shoulder. He wasn’t diving for a ball in the outfield or sliding head first into a base. No, Conforto simply took a swing, missed and went down in excruciating pain.

It wasn’t apparent right away what was hurting Conforto but he reached for his shoulder immediately while on the ground. He’d obviously exit the game, and the Mets would later confirm the news.

For a season that’s been filled with weird, and terrible injuries, this is the rotten cherry on top of a garbage sundae for the Mets. Conforto has easily been their best hitter, and is finally coming into his own in the big leagues, and as such was named the sole Mets All-Star this year.

In 108 games this season, Conforto has hit for an average of .280, an on-base percentage of .386, and a slugging percentage of .558. He had a legitimate chance at joining a very exclusive club of homegrown players to hit 30 home runs in one season with New York with this his 27 bombs so far in 2017.

With this latest injury, however, he’s clearly done for the season, and we’ll be holding our collective breaths in hopes that he’ll be fine next year.

Thursday marked the Mets’ 126 game of the season. With a little bit over a month to go, the team has already shut down two pitchers (Zack Wheeler, and Tyler Pill), and will likely add Conforto to that list. Some of the Mets most prominent players will be coming back soon including Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia (he’ll be activated on Friday for the series against the Washington Nationals), but it’s still incredible to see just how many Mets have missed time due to injury.

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Is Conforto the final straw when it comes to this training staff? It’s hard to link this freak injury back to Ray Ramirez and company, but at some point, something has to change.