Michael Conforto’s offseason workouts were derailed by a positive test for COVID-19.
The Mets outfielder revealed Sunday that he had the virus about two weeks before showing up for spring training and was behind in preparing for camp.
“I was very lucky,” Conforto said. “I had really mild symptoms. My fiancee had it more on the moderate side, she experienced it all. I certainly had a little shortness of breath and it wasn’t easy for me, being so close to spring training that I was really trying to exercise, and I just couldn’t do that. “
Conforto indicated that he had been inactive for 12 days when he arrived at the camp, but by the official start of training he felt sufficiently developed to participate in a normal progression.
Conforto has spoken with the team’s coaches about whether he needs the COVID vaccine now that he has acquired antibodies through the infection. He said he was not comfortable revealing whether he would be vaccinated.
“It is a personal choice and everyone has their own opinions on whether to get vaccinated or not,” Conforto said. “What I’m going to say is that when we get home, anyone who wants the vaccine can get one and I think that’s a good thing for the league, a good thing for the teams.”
With the Phillies sending left-hander Matt Moore to the mound, manager Luis Rojas was considering opening Kevin Pillar and putting him in first place over Brandon Nimmo. Rojas also mentioned Jeff McNeil as a leadoff possibility.