New York Mets players who can use COVID-19 break to heal injuries

Michael Conforto, New York Mets. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Michael Conforto, New York Mets. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Michael Conforto

Another player that can benefit from this delay is Michael Conforto. Last week Conforto’s availability for Opening Day came into question when he was diagnosed with a right oblique strain. The same injury which sidelined NYY slugger Aaron Judge for a good part of 2019. Conforto suffered the injury after awkwardly hitting the wall in a leaping attempt to steal a home run.

In 2019, the right fielder reached career-highs with 33 home runs and 92 RBI. He was also one of four players in the team to have a greater than .800 OPS at .856. The New York Mets can ill afford for Conforto to miss time on the injured list if they intend on contending for the division title in a stacked National League East.

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Even though the Metropolitans have depth in the outfield with Jake Marisinick, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis, and even Jeff McNeil if need be, their best lineup for success features Conforto’s strong bat from the left side.

Conforto said he’s already feeling better and with the MLB on a temporary hiatus, he’ll have a little more time to rest and receive treatment on his injured oblique.

The MLB isn’t the only league affected by this public health crisis as virtually the entire sports world has shut down. Almost every athletic/sporting event and season is either postponed or completely canceled, in an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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