After missing nearly two weeks, Michael Conforto returns to the New York Mets with veteran Rajai Davis taking the baseball bullet.
The New York Mets will get one of their most important bats back for Sunday’s rubber game vs. the Tigers.
Michael Conforto will start in right field and bat third. He was activated from the 7-day concussion IL on Sunday morning and will occupy his usual spot in the lineup.
Conforto sustained the injury in a collision with 2B Robinson Cano in the May 16 loss to the Washington Nationals. He will look to pick up right where he left off as he was 7-15 with three home runs in his last five games before landing on the IL.
Overall, the 26-year-old is slashing .271/.406/.521 in 42 games in 2019.
Other Sunday lineup notes
J.D. Davis takes a seat
After a 4-21 stretch over his last five games, INF/OF J.D. Davis is not in Sunday’s lineup.
Day off for Pete Alonso
Star rookie first baseman Pete Alonso will get a rest on Sunday. He had started the last nine games, but slashed just .194/.257/.710 in that span.
Dominic Smith will start at first base and bat second in his absence.
Despite the .194 batting average over his last nine, Alonso has five home runs in this time period. He has 17 HR and 38 RBI on the year and is the prime candidate to represent the club in the Midsummer Classic.