Conforto is not in the lineup Thursday against the Giants, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports. Conforto has started all five games since the All-Star break, going 7-for-21 with a home run and four RBI during that stretch. He'll give way to Juan Lagares in center field against left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Thursday.
Conforto went 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Twins. While none of the knocks went for extra bases, it was still Conforto's first multi-hit performance since June 24, snapping him out of a 6-for-49 (.122) slump over the 14 games in between. On the season, the 26-year-old is slashing .251/.364/.475 with 17 homers and 48 RBI through 85 contests.
Conforto went 1-for-4 with two-run homer and a walk during a 4-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday. The 26-year-old has 17 homers this season, but this was his first one since June 24. Going 12 games without a long ball before Saturday was his second-longest drought of this season. Conforto is batting .241 with 34 extra-base hits, 46 RBI, 48 runs and five steals in 294 at-bats this season.
Conforto (back) returns to the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Conforto battled back tightness late in the first half and sat for the final game before the All-Star break. He's ready to go after five days off and will bat seventh and play center field in Miami.
Conforto is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies due to back stiffness, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Conforto played through the back issue Saturday but will take a seat for the final game before the All-Star break, though he should be available off the bench. Juan Lagares will take over in center field for the Mets on Sunday.
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