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Michael Conforto set to undergo shoulder surgery

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Mets’ outfielder Michael Conforto is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery next week, reports MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Conforto was placed on the disabled list last Friday after sustaining a posterior capsule tear and dislocation in his left shoulder. The club doesn’t appear to have a confirmed timetable for his recovery just yet, but comments from assistant general manager John Ricco indicate that he’ll be sidelined for several months.

Conforto, 24, was in the middle of his first career All-Star run with the Mets this season, slashing .279/.384/.555 with a team-leading 27 home runs and .939 OPS through 440 PA. He was expected to be a cornerstone of the Mets’ outfield next year, especially in the absence of Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready to go by the time spring training rolls around.

That could jeopardize the club’s outfield situation as they look toward 2018, even with fellow outfielder and DL victim Yoenis Cespedes scheduled to make a full recovery this offseason. 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.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.