Michael Conforto is making the Mets rethink their rehab plan with him. The All-Star outfielder will make his Grapefruit League debut Friday as the designated hitter, Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway announced Thursday night. That’s just two days after the Mets said they didn’t want to rush Conforto and he would not play in a major league spring training game.
After crushing two home runs in a simulated game Wednesday — with most of the front office watching — Conforto hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats in a minor league game Thursday. He finished 4-for-5 with a strikeout and played seven innings in center field.
“I felt really good out there today,” Conforto said after playing in the game against the Astros Triple-A club. “It’s coming along.”
Conforto said he would sit down with Callaway “soon.”
Conforto is rehabbing from surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. He tore it when he dislocated his shoulder swinging a bat last August. He is not expected to be back by Opening Day, but his recent play has made the May 1 target date seem a little too far off as well.
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