Mets outfielder Michael Conforto remains sidelined with a bruised left hand from being hit by a pitch. X-Rays show no break, but he’s not playing for two reasons: 1) it hurts, 2) he doesn’t want the injury to affect his swing.
So, once again, the Mets are playing shorthanded. Manager Terry Collins said it could be several days. Today makes it four days and counting. So, why isn’t he on the disabled list?
“I don’t want to have anything mess with my swing and then get away from what’s working,’’ Conforto told reporters. “It’s frustrating. When you get the good news it’s not broken, I just want to get back in there.’’
Collins concurred with that explanation.
“The worst thing you can do is try to go out there and it’s like anything else, you have a pitcher whose elbow bothers him a little bit, so he wants to change his delivery to take the pressure off his elbow and he hurts his shoulder,’’ Collins said.
“In the case of Mike, you go back in there and it hurts him to swing a certain way so he tries to alter his swing and it gets him in a bad habit that takes two weeks to fix. He’s exactly right about it. He needs to wait until he’s able to swing like he can and we’ll get him back in there.’’
All this makes sense, and with the ability of a 10-day disabled list instead of the 15-day list, and with four days already burned, what are they waiting for?
When you’re a struggling team and need all the help you can get, why have a valuable player sitting on the bench and you play shorthanded?