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Michael Conforto injury: Latest on Mets star's shoulder and return

The young Mets star went down after his arm awkwardly bent while swinging.
Michael Conforto blasts a home run against the San Francisco Giants during a 2017 regular season game. (Photo: Getty Images)
Michael Conforto is ahead of schedule in his recovery of a dislocated shoulder. (Photo: Getty Images)

New York Mets star Michael Conforto suffered a shoulder injury during the fifth inning of Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

The Mets announced that it is a dislocated shoulder after his left arm awkwardly bent while swinging. The 24-year-old immediately went down to the ground, clutching it in pain. 

He was replaced by Brandon Nimmo. 

Conforto has been a lone bright spot for the Mets during this disastrous 2017 season, two things that simply were not expected. 

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For a team that was slated to make a run at the playoffs, Conforto's spot on the Mets was in jeopardy after a difficult sophomore slump last year that saw him demoted to triple-A. 

It was a surprising twist given his grand entrance to the majors in 2015, which included him socking a pair of home runs in Game 4 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals:

But injuries to Nimmo and Juan Lagares ensured that he would make the Opening Day roster and he never looked back. 

In 108 games, Conforto batted .280 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI while garnering his first-ever All-Star Game appearance. 

While he flourished, injuries ate the Mets up once again as some of their biggest players dropped one-by-one. 

If Mets fans were to take any solace from this season, it was that Conforto was at least developing well and staying healthy. 

Now that's out the window as this nightmare season continues to drag on. 

A timetable for his return has not been disclosed as of yet. 

 
 
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