It is quite possible that the New York Mets have become desensitized to injury reports this season. With over 25 players placed on the disabled list this year, each successive injury comes with less and less surprise. Shortstop Amed Rosario is the latest Met to catch the injury bug in 2017. He bruised his finger while swinging a bat on Saturday, and it swelled up during the series finale against the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon. X-rays came up negative and he is listed as ‘day-to-day,’ as per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
The club called Rosario’s injury a “right index finger contusion.” The injury occurred in a similar fashion to that of all-star outfielder Michael Conforto last month. Conforto dislocated his left shoulder and tore a shoulder capsule while following through on a swing during an August 24 game. He will undergo surgery this week, and could face a lengthy rehab, according to assistant general manager, John Ricco.
In that sense, Rosario dodged a bullet with his injury. Still, that bruised finger might have irked Rosario for longer than originally thought. Terry Collins revealed after Sunday’s loss that Rosario had dealt with this injury for “most of the year, I guess.” Rosario insisted the injury occurred during the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Despite the mixed messages, Rosario does not expect to miss much time.
In 114 plate appearances, Rosario is slashing .245/.272/.427 with four home runs and eight runs batted in. Fortunately, Dominic Smith‘s hot hitting helped pick up the slack for Rosario. Newly-acquired outfielder Nori Aoki came out strong on Sunday as well, with three hits, two runs, and two RBI. Nonetheless, the Astros swept the Mets, who dropped 20 games below .500 for the first time since 1995. The Mets went 3-7 on their 10-game road trip.
While Smith, Aoki, and Jose Reyes have carried hot bats recently, none were hotter than Conforto this season. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .274 with 27 home runs, 20 doubles and 68 RBI through 109 games. He faces an arduous rehab that could affect his 2018 season. Ricco admitted Conforto’s shoulder could take “months” to rehabilitate after surgery, according to Marc Carig at Newsday.
Carig added input from Dr. Armin Tehrany, a Manhattan-based knee and shoulder doctor. Tehran offered a timeline of “four to six months” for Conforto’s recovery. Ricco erred on the side of caution in setting a return date.
“I don’t want to speculate until he actually has it,” Ricco said. “They go in there and they see what the surgery actually entails. We’ll have a better idea after that.”
Jesse Andreozzi is a staff writer at Outside Pitch Sports Network covering the New York Mets. Follow him on Twitter @Jesse_Andreozzi