9:19pm: While Conforto did not suffer any fracture, an MRI revealed a posterior capsule tear, per a club announcement (via Adam Rubin, on Twitter). Surgery appears to be an option, though the team cautioned that the course of treatment is still under assessment.
Details, understandably, remain scant at this early stage. That sort of general injury can be devastating for a pitcher, but it’s not one that is commonly seen (or, at least, discussed)for hitters. While Conforto’s particular prognosis remains unknown, it seems rather clear that he won’t return this year and will at a minimum face a significant offseason rehab effort.
1:22pm: Injuries continue to pile up for he Mets, as outfielder Michael Conforto exited today’s game in the fifth inning with what the Mets have announced as a dislocated left shoulder. SNY’s Steve Gelbs first tweeted the diagnosis. Conforto swung and missed at a pitch and immediately fell to the ground before exiting with the trainer (video link via MLB.com). The Mets haven’t provided a timeline for the latest injury.
The 2017 campaign has proven to be a lost season for the Mets as a team, but Conforto’s breakout has been a bright spot in an otherwise bleak year. The 24-year-old former first-round pick has been the Mets’ best player, slashing an outstanding .279/.384/.555 with a career-best 27 homers. Conforto has played solid defense in the outfield corners and has also logged 328 innings in center field as a means of keeping his bat in the lineup.
The Mets’ outfield depth has been thinned by recent trades of Jay Bruce to the Indians and Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers. With Conforto likely down for the foreseeable future, it seems likely that Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo will line up as the primary outfield contingent, but New York will still need to add another outfield option from its minor league ranks to help fill the void.
[Related: New York Mets depth chart]