Mets place Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil on IL

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Conforto leaves game with trainer
Conforto leaves game with trainer

The Mets placed Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil on the 10-day IL before Monday's game against the Braves in Atlanta.

Outfielders Khalil Lee and Johneshwy Fargas were called up from Triple-A Syracuse to take the spots of Conforto and McNeil on the active roster.

Conforto and McNeil both suffered hamstring injuries during Sunday's loss to the Rays in Tampa.

Conforto was removed on Sunday after injuring his hamstring running to first base on a double play in the top of the first inning, while McNeil -- who had recently been in and out of the lineup due to what the team called "cramping" -- was also removed.

Conforto and McNeil are the Mets' third and fourth starting position players on the IL, joining Brandon Nimmo (finger) and J.D. Davis (hand).

In addition to Conforto, McNeil, Nimmo, and Davis, the Mets are also without Albert Almora Jr. (shoulder) and Luis Guillorme (oblique).

Davis is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday, so his return could be close.

Nimmo was on a rehab assignment last week and nearing a return before he again felt pain in his injured finger. He has since returned to the Mets, where he will continue to receive treatment.

With their avalanche of injuries, the Mets will have to continue to rely on Kevin Pillar and Jonathan Villar in the starting lineup most days, while Jose Peraza will also likely start most days.