The New York Mets appear likely to be without Francisco Lindor for significant time after the shortstop injured his oblique in Friday’s game.
Lindor said Saturday that he had suffered a Grade 2 oblique strain, and called himself “week-to-week” to return. He did add, however, that he expects to be back by the end of the season.
Lindor has struggled a bit in his first year with the Mets, hitting just .228 with 11 home runs. He’s still a key part of the middle of the team’s lineup and one of its most dangerous bats. If the team wants to make a deep playoff run, they will almost certainly need the 27-year-old to be healthy.
The Mets were already considering adding another bat before the trade deadline. Lindor’s injury may add even more urgency to that pursuit.