Mets' Francisco Lindor Exits vs. Pirates After Suffering Apparent Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2021

New York Mets' Francisco Lindor hits a RBI single to score two runs during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was forced to leave Friday's road game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after appearing to injure his side on a swing:


Francisco Lindor left the game in the middle of the 5th inning after appearing to injure his side on a swing. https://t.co/eipL4J8JCJ

Lindor is in his first season with the Mets after coming over as part of a six-player trade from Cleveland, later signing a 10-year extension worth $341 million just before Opening Day.

The 27-year-old got off to a slow start, hitting .182 in late May. However, he's since improved and entered Friday hitting .227 with 11 home runs in 86 games.

Any missed time would be especially disappointing for the Mets, who are looking for elite production from a player who has proved himself as one of the best in the majors at his position.

In six seasons in Cleveland, Lindor earned four All-Star selections with two Silver Slugger awards and two Gold Gloves, showcasing his ability to contribute in multiple phases of the game. He also finished in the top 10 of MVP voting three times during this stretch.

The shortstop has also shown impressive durability during his career, including playing every game during the shortened 2020 season. Only once in his five full seasons in the majors did he miss more than four games in a year.

While this could raise concerns about the latest injury, there should be plenty of faith he can return to the field as soon as possible.