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Outfielder Michael Conforto was diagnosed by doctors with sprained cartilage in his left wrist and is not in tonight’s lineup. Conforto received a cortisone shot and the hope is he will return to the Mets lineup in the next couple of days. It has been a rough few weeks for the 23-year old outfielder who has been in a miserable slump and is now dealing with a wrist injury. Hopefully when Michael returns to the lineup we will see the old Michael we saw last season and the beginning of this season.
ESPN’s Adam Rubin is reporting that Doctor Robert Watkins, who has been treating David Wright, is currently consulting with Mets doctors about whether Wright may go under the knife soon as opposed to him rehabbing the herniated disk in his neck. If Wright were to opt for surgery, you could basically right off the rest of Wright’s season. It would leave big shoes to fill in both the lineup and the clubhouse for the Mets, and it would be interesting to see if the Mets entered the trade market for another impact bat, or enter themselves in the Yulieski Gourriel sweepstakes.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud will be activated off of the disabled list next Tuesday when the Mets open up a two game series at home against the Kansas City Royals. The 27-year old catcher has begun catching at his rehab assignment in Port St. Lucie over the last two games and should be ready to go in a week, provided there are no setbacks. D’Arnaud’s return should provide a boost to a struggling Mets lineup, and could signal the demotion of Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson stated before tonight’s game that Zack Wheeler will pitch an inning in a simulated game with the Gulf Coast League team next week. Provided everything goes as planned, Wheeler will then begin his rehab assignment after that appearance. It’s certainly exciting news for the Mets as it seems they haven’t had much of it lately. Wheeler has been on the shelf for 15 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is expected to return after the All-Star Break.