Michael Conforto to undergo shoulder surgery for torn capsule

Toronto Blue Jays Nori Aoki sits in the dugout before his first game with the team against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Outfielder Nori Aoki agreed to a contract with the New York Mets on Saturday Sept. 2

Again, I don't want to speculate until he actually has it, they go in there and they see what the surgery actually entails. Aoki was released earlier in the week by the Blue Jays.

Michael Conforto, the Mets' lone All-Star this season, will have shoulder surgery in the coming week, John Ricco, the team's assistant general manager, said Saturday before the Mets' doubleheader against the Astros.

Conforto was expected to begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, but was among the last additions to the roster in spring training after an injury to Juan Lagares provided an opening. He hit just.220/.310/.414 through 109 games in 2016 with 12 homers and 42 RBI.

Conforto's recovery from the surgery will take months, but right now it's unclear exactly how long he will be out of commission.

"It's certainly going to be months", Ricco said. "We come out of surgery and doctors say everything looked good, he'll be ready for spring training then I think we operate on one level".


Conforto has cemented his status as a centerpiece of the Mets' future, so above all else the club and its fans will hope his surgery goes well and he bounces back as quickly as possible.

"It depends on the quality and amount of the tissue around the tear", Tehrany said.

However, if Conforto must indeed miss part of 2018, the Mets might need to make arrangements during the offseason to address the possibility.

Conforto, 24, was in the middle of his first career All-Star run with the Mets this season, slashing.279/.384/.555 with a team-leading 27 home runs and.939 OPS through 440 PA.

And in two and a half years, Cespedes, who played 81 games in his first year of a four-year $110 million contract, has not proven that he can keep himself healthy and in the lineup consistently. Until that point he was enjoying a breakthrough season in his third major league campaign. After trying minor league journeyman Travis Taijeron and even veteran infielder Jose Reyes in the outfield, they signed Aoki.

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