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Mets' Michael Conforto dislocates shoulder

The Mets continue to be punished by injuries, now losing their most productive position player to a shoulder injury.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the fifth inning of Thursday’s loss to the Diamondbacks, as SNY’s Steve Gelbs reported first.

Conforto’s loss is just the latest in a long line of injuries for the Mets, who currently have nine players on the disabled list and played without Yoenis Cespedes for a large chunk of the first half. While New York is out of playoff contention and most Mets fans are likely numb to injury news by this point, Conforto’s injury still represents a major loss as the Mets try to get through the last month of the season.

The 24-year-old had been New York’s most productive hitter this season, slashing .279/.384/.555 (good for a team-best .939 OPS) with 27 homers. He made his first All-Star team in July, and his emergence as an everyday starter—along with the team’s nosedive this season—influenced the Mets’ decisions to trade pending free agent outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson earlier this month.

With Conforto almost surely headed to the disabled list after Wednesday’s injury, the Mets figure to rely on Cespedes, Juan Lagares, and Brandon Nimmo in the outfield going forward.