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Michael Conforto bruises left knee in Mets' loss in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto suffered a bruised left knee when he crashed into a side wall while making an inning-ending catch on Emilio Bonifacio’s fly ball in the fourth.

Conforto nonetheless played the full game in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Turner Field. He will need to see how the knee responds overnight to determine whether he will have any lingering effects from the jolt.

“I just kind of went in there knee first,” Conforto said. “It locked up, which gave me a little bit of a fright. But it loosened up pretty quick after that. It’s just skinned up a little bit, bruised up. It feels OK now. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

After making the catch against the padded wall, Conforto limped off the field with an escort from assistant trainer Brian Chicklo. Conforto determined at that point that he would be able to remain in the game.

“As I started to walk back, it loosened back up,” Conforto said. “Just kind of right away it kind of locked up a little bit. [Trainer] Ray [Ramirez] said sometimes that happens when you bang it pretty good. It loosened up pretty good in the game. I was running around pretty good there.”

Conforto later stood to be the hero. His seventh-inning throw on a would-be game-tying sacrifice fly retired Bonifacio at the plate and kept the Mets ahead 3-2. The Mets ended up failing to hold the lead an inning later when Addison Reed surrendered a two-run homer to Adonis Garcia.

“I knew it was going to be close,” Conforto said about the play at the plate, which was confirmed after a replay review. “Incredible play by Travis [d’Arnaud] to catch it on the short hop and then put the tag on him. Really that was all him. I got the throw there, but he made the play there.”