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Michael Conforto not likely to be sent to the minors

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets looks on after flying out to end the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 19, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Mets outfielder Michael Conforto made a big splash last year, posting an .841 OPS with nine homers in 56 games and then going 5-for-15 with two homers and five RBI in the World Series. Entering 2016 he was supposed to be a key cog in New York’s offense.

And he started out that way this season, hitting .365/.442/.676 with four homers and 18 RBI in the season’s first month. Since then, however, Conforto is batting just .157 with a .533 OPS in 146 plate appearances. The Mets offense has been a disaster in that time, largely because of injuries, but also because Conforto is simply not hitting. There has been talk of sending him down to Triple-A for a while so he can get his head screwed back on.

Not gonna happen, says Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. At least not yet. Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t totally dismiss the idea, but Rubin hears from his sources that Conforto is unlikely to be sent down as part of a roster shakeup.

The Mets are 21-25 in May and June and are 5.5 games back of the Nationals right now. The Marlins are actually tied with them. There’s still a long way to go this year and, of course, the Mets were all but written off with similar roster and offensive challenges as late as late July last year, but you figure something big will happen soon with them. Whether it’s with Conforto or other parts of the roster.

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