Michael Conforto is taking regular batting practice

Michael Conforto
Getty Images

In keeping with the “hurt guys getting better during the lockdown” theme we began with Shohei Ohtani this morning, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has been taking regular batting practice. Team officials “seem encouraged by his progress.”

Conforto suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right oblique after making a catch in the outfield in early March. At the time it was presumed that he would not be ready for the start of the season and that his absence would open the door for Jake Marisnick and Dominic Smith to claim more playing time. Now it seems that, whenever the Mets start playing, so too will Conforto.

Conforto hit .257/.363/.494 with 33 home runs, 92 RBI, 90 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 648 plate appearances in 2019.