Mets’ Lindor to 10-day IL with oblique strain

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New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor during the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, July 10, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

PITTSBURGH — After leaving Friday night’s game against Pittsburgh, Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor will miss some time as the team chases their first division title in six years.

The Mets announced Saturday that Lindor is headed to the 10-day Injured List with a right oblique strain. Infielder Travis Blankenhorn has been called up from AAA Syracuse in his place.

Lindor left Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side.

Lindor winced after grounding out to second base. He took a few steps out of the batter’s box but then peeled off toward the Mets’ dugout on the first base side.

Accompanied by an athletic trainer, Lindor then headed down the tunnel toward the clubhouse.

In his first season with the Mets after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians in a January trade, Lindor is hitting .228 with 11 home runs and eight stolen bases in 88 games. He agreed to a $341 million, 10-year contract just before opening day.

Lindor was a four-time All-Star with Cleveland while winning two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards.

Beset by a long list of injuries all season, the NL East-leading Mets just got third baseman J.D. Davis back from the 60-day IL on Friday. Davis wasn’t in the starting lineup, but his return gave New York all its projected regulars available for the first time in months.

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