Mets injuries: Stroman (hip), Conforto delayed, Lucchesi out

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NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Stroman has a sore hip, Michael Conforto's return was delayed due to coronavirus concerns and Joey Lucchesi is out for the season.

The hits just keep on coming for the injury-riddled New York Mets.

Stroman, the team's most durable starting pitcher this season, exited Tuesday night's outing against Atlanta in the second inning because of an aching left hip.

Conforto is on deck to come off the injured list, but the right fielder wasn't activated Tuesday after Triple-A Syracuse's scheduled game was postponed to allow for more COVID-19 testing and contact tracing within the organization. Conforto spent last weekend on a rehab assignment with Syracuse, so the Mets said they decided not to reinstate him Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution.”

The team said Conforto tested negative Tuesday night and it plans to activate him before Wednesday's game against the Braves. He has been sidelined since straining his right hamstring on May 16.

Lucchesi, however, is headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets confirmed Tuesday. The left-hander had solidified a spot at the back of the rotation by posting a 1.19 ERA over his previous five starts.

Stroman threw 18 pitches in a hitless first inning and fell behind Austin Riley 2-1 leading off the second before manager Luis Rojas and a trainer visited the mound.

With the entire infield and plate umpire Pat Hoberg gathered around Stroman, the right-hander consulted with Rojas and the trainer while making throwing motions. Stroman threw one warmup pitch to catcher James McCann before another extended consultation.

Stroman then threw two more warmup pitches and continued talking with everyone at the mound — this time in a group that included first base umpire Ron Kulpa — before walking off the mound.

Prior to Tuesday, Stroman had lasted at least six innings in eight straight starts. He and left-hander David Peterson are the only Mets pitchers to make every scheduled turn. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom spent two weeks on the injured list with tightness in his side — and exited two starts this month with arm ailments — while Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard have yet to pitch this season because of injuries.

Rojas said before the game he didn’t know who would start in Lucchesi’s place Wednesday night.

Yennsy Diaz relieved Stroman and completed a walk to Riley — which was charged to Stroman — and then loaded the bases with none out before striking out three straight batters.

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Jerry Beach, The Associated Press

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