Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Conforto Experiment

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Conforto Experiment

Article excerpt

Michael Conforto returned to the team for Monday's game against the Cubs and may start playing center field against right-handers to accommodate Yoenis Cespedes in left field.

Conforto said he last manned center while attending Oregon State.

"If the team needs me there, I'm going to do whatever I can to be ready," said Conforto, who had a pinch-hit single Monday. "I'm an athlete. I'll go out there and make plays and do whatever I can if they need me out there."

The discussion to move Conforto stemmed from the team trying to figure out how to retain its strongest lineup while alleviating the physical burden on Cespedes in center. Cespedes recently missed four games with a strained right quad.

Cespedes said Sunday he prefers to play left field. …

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