Michael Conforto won’t start the season on the big league roster, but he took a big step in his rehab on Thursday.
The Mets star outfielder took a major step forward in his recovering from a dislocated shoulder today as he took full batting practice as well as caught some fly balls in camp today. Conforto was taking swings off of the tee two weeks ago so to have him get in the cage and take live batting practice is a much welcomed sight.
The Mets have been a bit coy about when they expect him back with the big club with an original target date of May, possibly even later. Conforto himself has acknowledged the target date of May 1 but with the way injuries have spiraled out of control for the club over the past few seasons it will not be a surprise to see them take any and all precautions with him, which they should. He is way to important for the team not only this season but going forward to rush into anything.
While he continues to work his way back the team should be able to get by in the outfield. Clearly Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes will flank the corners with Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo sharing time in center, the latter of which is having a great Spring Training. This is an arrangement that can work but clearly it would behoove the team to not be without Conforto for too long.
This type of injury is almost unheard of for positions players so it is still a bit of an unknown how the rest of his recovery will play out but today was definitely a big step forward. Nobody quite knows what Conforto will be once he does return to the lineup but if he can come anywhere close to the level he was at last season the team would be in great shape.