As expected, the New York Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto this morning. He’s in today’s lineup, batting leadoff against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals at 1:05PM this afternoon.
Conforto was on the disabled list due to shoulder surgery he underwent last September. He took six at-bats during spring training, registering one hit. His return comes much earlier than first expected, with his post-surgery timeline originally projecting a May return.
Conforto hit .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in only 440 plate appearances for the Mets last year. New York is off to a hot 4-1 start, so getting him back so quickly only adds to the early season feel-goods in Queens.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.