Mets OF Michael Conforto recently began hitting off a tee and said he's "actually ahead of schedule" as he returns from shoulder surgery. Conforto said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1 date that was projected by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason. "Timetable is fluid," Conforto said on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. "As of right now, I'm siwnging, I'm hitting off the tee. So that's good. I've been waiting forever to be able to do that, and it feels great. Really makes you understand how much you love it." "There's the May 1st date, and that kind of gives me an idea," he continued. "As a competitor, it's tough for me not to look at that date and want to get out there before that." "They're helping me understand I've got to be the player that I was and that I know I am gonna be again, Conforto said about the team's medical staff. "And that comes from doing things the right way. Going through the progression." Calling the injury "kind of a freak incident," Conforto said he's been able to do all the things he did in the past and that everything has been smooth.