Washington – Michael Conforto’s season ended early.
After trying to solve the problem this week, Conforto landed on the injured list with a tight left hamstring on Thursday, ahead of the Mets series opener against the national team.
Mets called up Louis Gellorm, who was hitting 347 with 0.860 OPS before being demoted during last week’s roster crunch, to fill his place.
Conforto was injured on Sunday, and sat on Mondays and Tuesdays and worked as a specific racket on Wednesday, taking part in the team’s last qualifying bid. He hit in his first three hits and knocked out in his fourth, exacerbating his hamstring problem in his sprint to first place.
“It got a little worse,” said coach Luis Rojas. “He is in a position from which he will not be able to exit.”
Arguably the club’s best player in his pandemic-shortened season, Conforto achieved the highest of his career. 322 with 0.412 OBP – peaks among regular Mets players – and a 0.515 slowdown. He also has nine guards, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs and is tied for second place on the team with three looters.
The usual warnings of a small sample size apply, but 2020 is there with All-Star 2017 – which ended early due to a shoulder injury – as the best seasons in Conforto’s career.
“It was a normal, great season,” Rojas said. “He was strong all the time, from the start until he wasn’t able now. He just played well. Offensively, his numbers are there. He was cool.”
“He’s a big on this team,” added Robinson Cano. “This guy is really good.”
Along the way, Conforto, a representative of the Metz Syndicate, appeared to be becoming more of a leadership role, including coordinating with Marlins on August 20 when teams decided not to play to protest social injustice.
“It’s a great overall season for us, on and off the field,” Rojas said. “Michael is one of the leaders in the club. I think he is growing more and more as one of the leaders in the club. His love for this organization, his love for that group is there – I think he has grown even more this year with everything he did.”
Kano is among those excited about the imminent change of ownership of Mets from Wilpons to Steve Cohen (awaiting MLB approval).
“I would say that means a lot,” he said. “I have never had a chance to meet [Cohen]I don’t know the owner. But from what I hear from people, it will be useful for us. “
Was Cano disappointed that Alex Rodriguez – his friend and former teammate for the Yankees – was unsuccessful in his presentation to the team?
“I don’t lie, I didn’t even care,” said Kanu. “Those are the things that I really don’t care, because for me I don’t want to distract my focus away from baseball.”
Many Mets hitters regret not having access to in-game video this year. Kano has a different point of view. “I came when I wasn’t there [in-game] The video said. “It’s good for the players to feel what it was in the past and it’s good to keep their minds more in the game” … The Mets will maintain their rotation for the last three matches: Rick Porcello, Jacob DeGrom, Seth Lugo.