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VIDEO: Francisco Lindor Looking Close to Returning From Oblique Injury

Devon Platana
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor is looking close to returning from his oblique injury.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor is looking close to returning from his oblique injury. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor's first season in New York hasn't gone as planned. He hasn't been putting up the kind of production that he's known for and injuries have limited him to just 87 out of a possible 110 games so far. In fact, Lindor has been out of the Mets lineup since the middle of July with a strained oblique injury. Considering how New York has been sliding down the standings over the last week or so, the four-time MLB All-Star's return can't come soon enough.

Fortunately, it's looking like Lindor is close to returning. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo posted a video on Sunday morning of Lindor playing catch and it looked like the shortstop was pretty comfortable with his throwing. While this isn't a medical analysis, it still should provide Mets fans with some much-needed optimism.

Francisco Lindor Injury Update

While there still isn't a timetable for his return, the fact that Lindor continues participating in an increasing amount of baseball activities is pretty encouraging. He's recently gotten back into swinging and fielding groundballs over the last few weeks, so only time will tell when he's ready to take the field for an actual game.

Lindor was acquired — along with right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco — from the Cleveland Indians back in January in exchange for four players. Not long after that, the shortstop signed a 10-year, $341 million extension with the Mets. The bad news is that Lindor hasn't been able to live up to that salary in his first season with the team. He's recorded 11 home runs and 36 RBI while slashing .228/.326/.376 so far in 2021.

Even with his struggles, the Mets could use any sort of momentum that Lindor's return could bring to the lineup. New York has lost eight of its last 10 games, which resulted in the Philadelphia Phillies overtaking them for the top spot in the NL East.

The Mets have +1600 odds (T-7th) to win the 2021 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but it's not hard to imagine those odds plummeting if they can't end their current cold streak.


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