In a turn of years past, it was the Mets who were on the right side of a free-agent injury situation that went all wrong.
Michael Conforto will be ruled out of the 2022 season after undergoing shoulder surgery last week. according to his agent, Scott Boras. Conforto is expected to fully recover by spring training 2023.
Boras said Conforto suffered a shoulder injury during a workout in January.
The former Mets outfielder — who drafted the Amazons in the first round of the 2014 draft and spent seven years at the organization — first entered free agency this past November after turning down the team’s one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer.
The Mets wasted no time chasing down and chasing a first-class outfielder. The transaction was closed for more than three months by the owners’ lockout, hours before newly minted general manager Billy Appler finalized a four-year $78 million contract with Starling Marte on December 1.
As all eyes turned to Conforto, a notable free agent who was still available after the lockout was lifted, it became strange that neither team signed an All-Star outfielder, despite Boras giving his free agency Tried to grope and get the Conforto off the ground for a long time. – Term deal.
During November’s GM meetings, Boras dubbed Conforto the “King of Queens” and “the ace of many GM’s hearts”. Boras then said that the level of interest in the .255/.356/.468-career hitter was extraordinary.
It was clear from Conforto’s final games in 2021 – which wrapped up a disappointing season for the 28-year-old that included an oblique injury and heavy results at the plate – that he had decided to move on from his home team. If Conforto had signed elsewhere before the 2022 season, as he had intended, the Mets would have received draft-pick compensation because he declined the club’s qualifying offer.
Now, the Mets won’t get that extra draft pick, but they’re also not on the books for $18.4 million while Conforto misses the year and recovers from a shoulder operation. Conforto will remain unemployed this year, and will re-enter free agency for the 2023 season.
“You don’t want a friend or teammate to have surgery, especially something as serious as shoulder surgery,” said Pete Alonso, Conforto’s three-year teammate, told reporters at Chase Field, “I wish Mike all the best and wish him a speedy, healthy and full recovery.”
Lucie Mets in extended spring training last week, Taijuan Walker joined the Mets in Phoenix on Friday to reevaluate his progress from right shoulder bursitis. Walker would make one more outing before coming off the injured list, either as a mock game or as the start of another minor-league rehab.
Walker will remain on the IL for the Mets’ current six-game road trip against the Diamondbacks and Cardinals, and is expected to rejoin the rotation and take the mound during the club’s next homestand against the Phillies on April 29 or 30 . If Walker returns as expected, he will miss just two starts while recovering from a right shoulder injury.
sent to Peterson
David Peterson was selected for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday after three spectacular outings for the Mets. Right-hander Adonis Medina was called up to add an extra hand to the relief squad for the Mets’ bullpen game against the Diamondbacks, which resulted in a 5–2 loss.
Pietersen allowed one earned run in 14 innings and three games (two starts) as Walker hit IL on April 11. The left-hander dismissed 10 batsmen, took two wins, and posted a 0.64 ERA in that period. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Pietersen would be recalled to rotation against the Braves for a Mets doubleheader at Citi Field on May 3.
“He has earned the right to come back and I think he understands why we had to do this with today’s game,” Showalter told reporters at Chase Field on Saturday. “It’s never fun, especially when there’s a guy’s pitching as well as Pete.”