Francisco Lindor regrets he can’t be on the field with his Mets teammates to help them weather this latest storm.
The shortstop, who is rehabbing from a right oblique strain, had watched his team fall to 9-13 since his injury and into second place in the NL East, a half-game behind the Phillies, as play began Saturday. Experience tells him not to fret.
“They will be fine,” Lindor said following a pregame workout at Citizens Bank Park. “The team will be fine. It sucks. I want to be there and I want to help them out. I want to do whatever it takes. I want to grind with them on a daily basis.
“They are working extremely hard, they are playing hard — I feel they are giving everything they have got. We’re not getting the results we want to get. I would love to be with them. I would love to struggle with them. But this situation I’m in, God put me in this situation right now, so I have to deal with it. I try to support them and let them know that I am there, as much as I can be there.”
Lindor sustained a Grade 2 strain of the oblique on a swing in Pittsburgh on July 16. He has progressed to taking swings off a tee and fielding grounders, but said he didn’t have a timetable for his potential return to the lineup. Acting general manager Zack Scott previously suggested that Lindor’s absence wouldn’t extend beyond five weeks, putting a potential August return in play.