Yesterday Mets outfielder Michael Conforto dislocated shoulder as the result of a hard swing. It’s worse than just the dislocation, however: Conforto has a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder and may require surgery. He’ll go and get a second opinion, but it seems likely that the injury has ended Conforto’s season.
It was a good season until now, too. Conforto is hitting .280/.386/.558 with 27 homers and 68 driven in. He made his first ever All-Star team in July.
Tough break. Here’s hoping he’s back to full strength come spring.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.