When Wright returns, is Conforto a roster casualty?

When Wright returns, is Conforto a roster casualty?

Mets captain David Wright, two games into a rehab assignment with High-A Saint Lucie, is on track to return to the big league team prior to, or around, Sept. 1.

Wright will return to a new landscape, one that offers the Mets’ captain both flexibility and protection in the lineup for the first time since early-2009. However, his return to a roster that has no evident weakness will leave Sandy Alderson with a difficult decision to make if Wright’s rehab assignment continues according to plan.

Michael Cuddyer’s recent return led to speculation as to whether UTL Eric Campbell or OF Michael Conforto would be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas, but with Campbell now in the minor leagues, Conforto appears to be the odd man out.

Conforto has only two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but in a small major-league sample size of 47 plate appearances has made hard contact a slightly better-than-average 33 percent of the time. The 22-year-old is hitting line drives in 18.5 percent of his at-bats, which is slightly below-average, but has not yet seen results. He most certainly has a promising future, but might be the roster casualty -albeit for several days- when Wright returns.

Metstradamus Blog’s John Coppinger discussed Conforto’s promotion, performance, and potential demotion on Around Citi’s “Baseball Chronicles”, which is available to listen to below.

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