The Mets have another hamstring problem.
Outfielder Michael Conforto was out of the lineup for Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Giants because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Conforto pinch hit in the eighth and singled to right field. He said after the game that his absence was more precautionary, and with the Mets having the day off Thursday, he expects to be ready to go for Friday night’s series opener in Milwaukee.
“It feels better today and it will be fine,” Conforto said.
After starting the season in a bench role Conforto has emerged as a catalyst for the Mets’ offense over the last month, hitting in the leadoff spot. He’s batting .337 with eight home runs and 21 RBI. His 1.082 OPS is sixth in the National League.
At this point, Conforto is indispensable. The Mets can’t afford a serious hamstring strain – the injury that is keeping Yoenis Cespedes off the field for an extended period of time. Asdrubal Cabrera has also dealt with hamstring issues this season.
So Conforto is fine with the Mets “being careful.”
Travis d’Arnaud began working on his hitting Wednesday morning. The catcher, who is on the disabled list with a bruised right wrist, hit with one hand off a tee before the game to keep his swing sorted out. He said he will be ramping up his baseball activities in Port St. Lucie on Thursday.
He has been doing receiving drills but has yet to throw.
D’Arnaud has been on the DL since May 5, but initially injured the hand last month. He hit his hand on a bat as he tried to throw a runner out at second.
The Mets expect Lucas Duda could return from the disabled list as soon as Friday.
The first baseman has played in four rehab games and played a complete game at first base Wednesday night, homering for the second straight day.
Duda, who suffered a hyperextended left elbow and has been on the disabled list since April 20, is expected to meet the team in Milwaukee.
ARMS STILL A LONG WAYS AWAY
Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard (torn lat muscle) isn’t coming back before the All-Star break. And while Seth Lugo (torn UCL) and Steven Matz (elbow discomfort) are closer to returning, don’t expect them any time soon.
Lugo and Matz are scheduled to throw two innings on Saturday as part of their rehab program.
“I wouldn’t expect any help before early June,” one Mets source said.