In a perfect coda to the first half of the Mets’ season, their lone All-Star selection, Michael Conforto, currently is on the disabled list.
Never mind that the selection committee got it wrong Sunday by picking Conforto (.285, 14 homers, 41 RBIs) over Jay Bruce (.261, 20 homers, 55 RBIs). It’s a nice honor for Conforto, and once he returns from his bruised left hand, he might be able to think about actually playing in the Midsummer Classic in Miami on July 11.
The Mets have bigger fish to fry than who represents them at Marlins Park. They suffered a dreary 7-1 loss to the Philadelphia Aw-Phils at Citi Field on Sunday and now have to deal with another mysterious injury to one of their star (but not All-Star) players.
Curtis Granderson, a streaky hitter who has been enjoying one of his hot streaks, reported to work with a cranky right hip. He did not start and could not be used as a pinch hitter even after a morning and early afternoon of treatment.
Granderson called it “discomfort with a little bit of pain.” That pretty much sums up the first half of the Mets’ season. They are 38-43 at the numerical midpoint of the season, and that’s after a good stretch in which they have won seven of nine.
Remember when the Mets had so many darn outfielders that at-bats were going to be hard to parcel out? Brandon Nimmo was the centerfielder Sunday and might be again Monday night to begin a big three-game series at first-place Washington — unless Granderson feels much better very fast.
“It’s just not feeling right for whatever reason,” said Granderson, who has homered in five of his last 10 games. “Still not 100 percent sure why.”
Granderson said he first felt the injury during Saturday’s game. It got worse when he went home for the night. When he showed up Sunday, he checked the video of Saturday’s game to see if he could figure out when it happened. He couldn’t.
Just what the Mets need, right? Another murky, ill-defined injury that may or may not linger and may or may not send the player to the disabled list. It also may or may not be the kind of thing this season is remembered for after the final 81 games are played.
“As of right now, obviously I wasn’t able to do things today,” Granderson said. “I saw the doctors. Everything’s day-to-day. And they said, ‘It’s going to be kind of how you feel coming into the ballpark each day to see how it is.’ We’ll see after this flight, get some rest and hopefully better tomorrow than we are today.”
The Mets can hope the same thing for their performance on the field. They didn’t get a hit off righthander Nick Pivetta until T.J. Rivera homered with one out in the fifth and were held to two hits by the worst team in baseball.
The Mets did win two of three from the Phillies and will face a Washington team that had lost three in a row before Sunday night’s victory over the Cardinals.
“There’s no reason why you can’t be optimistic and think you’re going to have a good second half,” Terry Collins said.
Health is a big key — getting injured players back and hoping new injuries don’t crop up the way they did with Granderson.
Asdrubal Cabrera also is banged up. He got hit on the left knee on a slide by Nick Williams in the eighth inning and then twisted his right ankle while legging out a comebacker in the ninth. He stayed in the game.
So is Cabrera OK?
“He says he is,” Collins said.
It’s unclear if the manager had his fingers crossed when he said it.