Michael Conforto is inching closer to returning to the Mets lineup.
The outfielder was eligible to return from the 7-day concussion IL on Friday and while he was not re-activated, he did have nothing but positive news to report from Citi Field before the Mets' game against the Tigers.
"Feel good. Feel normal. Feel happy that I'm back to doing full baseball activity," he said. "Obviously the road trip was tough and not being there was even tougher. But it's been really fun to be with these guys through the last series and starting a new series today. So I feel good, feel 100 percent and we're just kinda taking it day-by-day."
Conforto collided with second baseman Robinson Cano on a pop up against the Nationals on May 16 and was diagnosed with a concussion after the game. He said he has been symptom-free for the last five to six days but that there are still some hurdles he needs to clear before he can be back on the field.
"This is kinda my first day without restrictions so I'm going to be having conversations with [Head Athletic Trainer Brian Chicklo], with [GM] Brodie [Van Wagenen], with Mickey [Callaway]," he said. "I think MLB has to clear me first, and then over the next two days or so, we'll see. I mean, I feel good. It's kinda based on when I'm ready to get in the box, and I feel like my swing is where it's at.
"I feel like I can be back this weekend. We'll see. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Sunday."
The 26-year-old outfielder said he has had his "bell rung" playing high school football before but has never been diagnosed with a concussion or experienced anything quite like this.
"I remember everything leading up to [the collision]," he said. "I didn't realize at first that I had been knocked out. I thought I just hit him, I hit the ground and I was dizzy getting up. But afterwards I watched the video and there was probably 10 seconds in there that I didn't have."
Conforto said he went to bed that night with a headache but woke up the next morning feeling fine.
"I think I was definitely lucky to not have terrible symptoms," he added.