MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has been diagnosed with a concussion. Conforto collided with teammate Robinson Canó as the pair attempted to catch a fly ball in the bottom of the fifth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Nationals.
Conforto will, of course, undergo MLB’s concussion protocol, which could result in a stint on the injured list. Prior to the collision, Conforto struck a big blow against the Nationals, blasting a game-tying three-run home run in the third inning off of Erick Fedde.
Conforto, 26, is batting .271/.406/.521 with nine home runs, 21 RBI, and 27 runs scored on the season. The Mets would certainly be worse for the wear if he needs to miss time. In such an event, Juan Lagares and Keon Broxton could each see an increase in playing time.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.