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Top Michael Conforto News

  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Seen as everyday left fielder

    Conforto is expected to handle an everyday role in left field, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Prior to the Jorge Soler signing, Conforto was projected as the designated hitter, but that has changed. It's still early in spring training, and there's a chance another outfielder could infringe on Conforto's role, namely Luis Matos. Blake Sabol also played some left field in 2023, but for now, it's Conforto's job to lose.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Slated for designated hitter duty

    Conforto is in line to serve as the Giants' primary designated hitter in 2024, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.

    San Francisco wants to improve its outfield defense, which led to the signing of Jung Hoo Lee and its apparent plan to use Luis Matos in left field and Conforto at DH, at least against righties. Conforto made 104 of his 115 starts last year in the outfield but finished in the 22nd percentile in Outs Above Average, per Baseball Savant.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Picks up $18M player option

    Conforto exercised his $18 million player option for 2024 on Monday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Conforto missed all of the 2022 season following shoulder surgery and didn't have the bounce-back 2023 campaign that he envisioned, slashing just .239/.334/.384 with 15 home runs over 125 games. As such, he will opt into the one year remaining on his deal with the Giants and hope to play his way into a multi-year pact next winter.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Not in starting nine

    Conforto will hit the bench Saturday against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Conforto will join the rest of the team's left-handed bats on the bench against Clayton Kershaw. Heliot Ramos will take over in left field.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Heads to bench

    Conforto isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against San Diego, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Conforto will take a seat Monday evening with the Giants slated to face off against lefty Blake Snell. Heliot Ramos gets the nod in right field and is set to bat eighth in Conforto's stead.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Idle against southpaw

    Conforto isn't in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The lefty-hitting Conforto will sit as the Dodgers send southpaw Clayton Kershaw to the mound. The Giants will send out Austin Slater, Tyler Fitzgerald and Luis Matos to start across the outfield Saturday.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Takes seat amid slump

    Conforto is absent from the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.

    Conforto has gone 2-for-19 (.105) with four strikeouts since returning last Friday from a three-week absence to heal a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. Mitch Haniger, Tyler Fitzgerald and Mike Yastrzemski will start across the outfield Friday as Austin Slater fills the DH role.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Sits for evening contest

    Conforto will be on the bench for the evening portion of Saturday's doubleheader against Colorado, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Conforto went 0-for-1 with two walks in the afternoon game but was lifted for pinch hitter Mitch Haniger against lefty Evan Justice in the seventh inning. Haniger wound up grounding into a double play but will nonetheless take over in right field for the night game with another lefty (Kyle Freeland) starting for the Rockies.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Activated from IL

    Conforto (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Conforto had been set to return Thursday before that game got rained out. He'll return Friday instead and will get to play in Coors Field for his first series back. Conforto missed three weeks of action with a strained left hamstring and is skipping a rehab assignment.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Likely to be activated Friday

    Conforto (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the injured list Friday, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters that he had Conforto penciled in as the DH for Thursday's series opener against the Rockies before that game was postponed by inclement weather in Denver. The 30-year-old slugger has been sidelined for the last three weeks because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Expected for next series

    Conforto (hamstring) is expected to be activated at some point during the Giants' next series versus the Rockies which begins Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Conforto is three weeks removed from suffering a hamstring strain and is almost ready to return to game action. It's possible the Giants could ease him back into things initially with some starts at designated hitter, but the important thing is getting his bat back into the lineup.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Not quite ready yet

    Conforto (hamstring) wasn't activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday but could return at any point within the next few days, Danny Emerman of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports.

    Conforto has been ramping up workouts, including running the bases Friday. The Giants decided against bringing him back from the IL prior to Saturday's game versus the Rockies, but Conforto looks set to skip a rehab assignment, and his return is imminent. He's been sidelined since late August with a strained hamstring.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Runs bases Friday

    Conforto (hamstring) ran the bases without issue Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Conforto has also been taking daily rounds of on-field batting practice as he nears a return from the Grade 2 left hamstring strain that sent him to the injured list Aug. 25. He could be allowed to skip a minor-league rehab assignment if all of the side work continues to go smoothly.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Takes on-field batting practice

    Conforto (hamstring) took on-field batting practice Tuesday and said he's running at close to 85 percent, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Conforto landed on the injured list Aug. 25 with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain, but he has made a swift recovery so far and could return to the NL Wild Card-hunting Giants at some point in mid-September. When healthy this season, the 30-year-old outfielder has registered a .748 OPS with 15 homers and 55 RBI across 111 games.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Has Grade 2 hamstring strain

    Conforto has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    The outfielder suffered the injury Wednesday in Philadelphia and was placed on the injured list earlier Friday. It's a moderate strain, which means Conforto is looking at longer than a minimum stay on the IL. Luis Matos is getting the start in right field Friday versus Atlanta and Heliot Ramos will fill Conforto's spot on the roster.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Placed on 10-day IL

    The Giants placed Conforto on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left hamstring strain, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Conforto made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, and now we know why. The 30-year-old outfielder leaves behind a .251/.343/.405 slash line with 15 home runs and 55 RBI through 111 games for San Francisco. Heliot Ramos has been called back up in a corresponding roster move.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: On bench versus lefty

    Conforto is out of the lineup for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

    Southpaw Max Fried will be on the mound Sunday for Atlanta, so Conforto will receive a day off despite his .300/.407/.460 slash line in August. Heliot Ramos will start in right field and bat sixth in the series finale.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Continues warming trend

    Conforto went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Rays.

    This was Conforto's fourth straight multi-hit game, and he's supplied an extra-base hit in three of them. The outfielder's surge has him batting .325 in August, compared to .251 for the season. Overall, he's at a .758 OPS with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 52 runs scored, four stolen bases and 12 doubles through 104 contests. As long as his bat is hot, he should maintain a spot in the starting lineup -- he's most often been in right field lately.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Homers again Sunday

    Conforto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rangers.

    This was Conforto's second straight game with a homer and also his second two-hit game of the weekend. The outfielder has come around at the plate a bit lately, batting .277 (13-for-47) with four extra-base hits over his last 15 games. He's maintained steady playing time despite his recent slump, though he could be impacted by the impending return of Mike Yastrzemski (hamstring) from the injured list.

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  • Giants' Michael Conforto: Pops homer in loss

    Conforto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Rangers.

    Conforto has sputtered at the plate recently, going 6-for-30 (.200) with two extra-base hits and six walks over his last 10 games. His homer Saturday was his first since July 8. The outfielder is at a .238/.332/.394 slash line with 14 homers, 53 RBI, 49 runs scored and four stolen bases through 101 contests, though his relatively punchless hitting of late has nullified his stronger play from earlier in the year.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Seattle, WA
Age: 30
School: Oregon State
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: L, R