On WFAN: Mets' Conforto Says He Was Too Eager In Recovery From Shoulder Injury

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February 15, 2019 - 12:49 pm
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By WFAN.com

Michael Conforto says he underestimated last season how long it would take to bounce back from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in 2017.

By mid-July, the Mets outfielder was hitting just .216 with 10 homers. But Conforto enjoyed a strong second half, batting .272 with 18 homers over his final 72 games.

"I think I was a little aggressive with the rehab," Conforto told WFAN's Joe Benigno on Friday. "Being a young player and someone who wanted to build on that All-Star performance the year before, I just want to be back out there. I wanted to help the guys win. I wanted to be a part of it. So it did take a little time. I think it just took the reps. I didn't expect it to take 250 at-bats, but I just had to go through some stuff. Sometimes you have to go through some failure to get to the point where things are working the right way."

The 25-year-old said the idea now is to keep building on what he showed in the second half of 2018.

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"I had an offseason of good work, kind of similar to going into 2017, and I think we're all excited, man," Conforto said. "The team's got a little facelift, and I'm excited to get to know the new guys and see what we can put out there."

As for that roster facelift, Conforto said he's most excited about teaming with Robinson Cano, who was acquired along with closer Edwin Diaz in a December trade with the Seattle Mariners. 

"For me personally, I've always been a fan of Robby," Conforto said. "He's been in the league for so long. Just watching him swing -- he's a lefty, he does a lot of the same things I do. So I can't wait to see how he works and talk to him, pick his brain.

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"Obviously, I think we got the most dominant closer in the game at such a young age. And then just a bunch of other great dudes. Jed Lowrie's been great so far. A few other veteran guys with some experience in the clubhouse. And we bolstered the pen. Obviously, the starting staff is incredibly strong. 

"The name of the game is just to stay healthy, like it is every year. And that's something the team has definitely invested in. So injuries have been our problem, so that's going to be a good focus for us."