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.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.