A fully healthy group of position players lasted all of 4 ¹/₂ innings for the Mets.
After getting J.D. Davis back Friday following his lengthy stint on the injured list with a sprained left hand, the Mets lost Francisco Lindor to injury in the fifth inning of an ugly 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh.
The high-priced shortstop and four-time All-Star grimaced and grabbed at his right side after hitting a ground ball to second base. He lightly took a few steps toward first base after initially remaining in the batter’s box. Accompanied by a trainer, he immediately left, after returning to the dugout, and headed towards the clubhouse.
“He just told me that he had some soreness on his right side,” manager Luis Rojas said over Zoom. “He said, ‘I can’t go.’ ”
Rojas said Lindor will undergo tests on Saturday morning and admitted he was “anxious” to hear more about his star shortstop. Rojas hadn’t seen Lindor after the game, so he was unsure of the severity of the injury.
“My level of concern is obviously high, just from not knowing,” Rojas said. “Let’s wait and find out more about it [on Saturday].”
Lindor was replaced defensively in the fifth inning by Luis Guillorme. In his first at-bat of the game, Lindor singled, before he grounded out in his next two trips to the plate.
The Mets were besieged by injuries in the first half of the season, their pitching staff and depth keeping them afloat. One of the few players not to miss time was Lindor. But now, he could miss time after appearing in 87 of the Mets’ first 88 games.
Lindor’s first season in Queens was already frustrating. He has struggled offensively, with a slash line of .228/.326/.376, and he has heard plenty of boos at Citi Field. His durability and defense have somewhat made up for his surprising struggles at the plate. Lindor, it should be noted, has swung better of late and was batting .333 in July.
The one positive if Lindor misses time is that the Mets have options at shortstop. Guillorme, Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza can all play the position.
“You never want to see anyone leave with an injury, especially Francisco Lindor given the way he has swung the bat lately,” catcher James McCann said. “Hopefully, he can get back out there soon.”