In the fifth inning of the Mets’ game in Pittsburgh this evening, their first game after the All-Star break, shortstop Francisco Lindor left early in the fifth inning after suffering an injury. Lindor hit a ground ball and wasn’t able to run to first base and was officially removed from the game in the bottom of the fifth. The Mets officially termed it as the increasingly-popular “right side soreness.”
As vague as it is, that description checks out for now, as Lindor favored that side on the play. The severity and details of the injury will play significantly into what the Mets will be able to do in the second half of the season.
After a very cold start to his Mets career at the beginning of the season, Lindor had been hitting very well going into the break. And even when he was struggling earlier in the year, Lindor was playing excellent defense and getting praise from his teammates for his leadership in the clubhouse.