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New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto left Wednesday’s spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of back stiffness. 

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Conforto’s Back Feeling Better

Thursday, March 24  

Conforto told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo on Thursday that his back is feeling better after a seeing a doctor and receiving treatment. He even hitched a ride with Mets director of public relations Jay Horwitz back to Port St. Lucie, the home of New York’s spring training facility in Florida, to avoid sitting on the team bus for three hours. 

Conforto reassured DiComo that his Opening Day status shouldn’t be in doubt either. However, Mets manager Terry Collins isn’t sold.

“I’m concerned about that,” Collins told DiComo. “Back spasms can be tough to get rid of.”

It looks like Collins wants to be cautious with the left fielder who impressed after being called up to the big leagues in July.

The 10th overall draft pick in 2014 didn’t spend much time in the minors, and once he got the call, the 23-year-old left-hander showed that his bat was ready for the major league game. He batted .270 in 56 games with almost half of his hits coming in the extra-base variety with nine home runs and 14 doubles. 

Conforto announced his presence on the largest of stages, with a two-home run game in Game 4 of the World Series:

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