NEW YORK – If Michael Conforto could go back in time to a sunny afternoon in Washington, he would tell himself to pull up or be louder when calling for the ball. He knows it’s in the past, but maybe doing something differently could have avoided the outcome.He instead bumped into teammate Robinson Canó. And upon further review, Conforto says he lost consciousness for about 10 seconds. He originally believed he merely fell to the ground and was dizzy upon rising, but no – he was knocked out.“It’s new to me,” Conforto said on Friday. “I’ve never been knocked out like that.”During his high school football days, Conforto remembers getting his bell rung. “You forget where you’re at for a second,” he added. But before this, he’d never been diagnosed with a concussion.The good news for Conforto – and the Mets, who are ravaged with injuries – is that he feels 100 percent now. He said he had a headache the day he suffered the blow, but was symptom-free the next day.Part of his treatment was to sleep … a lot. Doctors prescribed Melatonin to help him achieve the recommended 12 to 14 hours per night. It worked and he feels well.The next hurdle is getting him cleared by baseball. The Mets must submit a Return to Play form when they feel confident Conforto is ready. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the club is optimistic that Conforto will return this weekend.Conforto did full baseball activity for the first time on Friday.“My swing feels fine, it feels like it was when I stopped playing,” Conforto said.The Mets’ outfield situation has been fluid. There are injuries to Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil.
The Mets on Friday, per reports, signed veteran Matt Kemp. They called up Rajai Davis on Wednesday. They claimed former Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr on Thursday. Juan Lagares’ opportunity has increased.They have options, but Callaway said Conforto will immediately return to the lineup when activated. Before the injury, Conforto was hitting .271 with nine homers and 21 RBI. He said it was difficult not being able to finish the road trip with the Mets, who were swept in Miami and returned to New York with a five-game losing streak.When Conforto reflects on the past week, he feels lucky that everything went well.“The training staff has been very, very meticulous, very careful with me, as they should be,” he said. “These things are nothing to mess around with.”More: Rajai Davis' day goes from normal to weird, and ends with homer in Mets' winMore: Mets competing with Yankees for the most players on injured list