However, if Conforto must indeed miss part of 2018, the Mets might need to make arrangements during the offseason to address the possibility.
“We got to figure out is that something we have to plan for”, Ricco said. Nori Aoki, Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo will undoubtedly see considerable playing time as the regular season draws to a close, but the Mets will likely start looking for external reinforcements if Conforto’s rehab takes longer than anticipated.
Dr. Armin Tehrany, a Manhattan-based shoulder expert, told Newsday recently that surgery could cost Conforto four to six months. So there is concern within the organization, according to sources, the rehab could last into next spring training and beyond.
Assistant general manager John Ricco declined to offer a projected timeline for Conforto’s return until after Los Angeles-based doctor Neal ElAttrache performs the procedure.
The Mets have had a tough run with their outfielders, as Yoenis Cespedes is also out for the season with a hamstring injury.
Aoki, 35, was released by Toronto on August 29. He’ll join the Mets in Houston. “Until he has the surgery, I don’t think we’re going to be ready to put a time frame on it. I’m not ready yet to go either way”.
Conforto has cemented his status as a centerpiece of the Mets’ future, so above all else the club and its fans will hope his surgery goes well and he bounces back as quickly as possible. Conforto hurt his shoulder on a swing and was later diagnosed with a dislocation. He was examined by team doctors Monday in NY and received a second opinion the following day. One year after his struggles landed him in the minor leagues, he hit.279 with 27 homers to earn his first trip to the All-Star Game. The outfielder is expected to have the surgery in California this week, which means that his recovery could push into 2018 spring training. He was originally a part-time player in a crowded outfield mix that originally included Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce.