Mets' Francisco Lindor on when he could return from oblique strain: 'I don't have any timetable'

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Francisco Lindor close up leaving dugout
Francisco Lindor close up leaving dugout

Mets SS Francisco Lindor was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday afternoon with a right oblique strain after injuring it on a swing in Friday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lindor spoke to reporters prior to the team's game on Saturday night to discuss his injury, clarifying how long he's going to be sidelined.

"This is the first time that something like this happened in my career," Lindor said. "I don't have any timetable. I would love to say that I'm day-to-day, but I'm not. This is more like week-to-week at the beginning and see how I bounce back."

Lindor went on to talk about when he felt the injury, and apologized for not running down to first after his groundout.

"I felt it the swing before, it felt well, felt it a little bit, and then felt it a little bit more on the next swing," Lindor said. "I'm sorry I didn't run, I should've run. Maybe it was going to help the rally if I made it to first, but I just couldn't run, I felt like I couldn't run. I would love to continue the rally and help the team in that moment. I would love to be on the field every single day to help the team, but like I said, God is control, he has a plan."

The star went on to clarify that his injury is a Grade 2 right oblique strain.

"Grade 2 is what I have," Lindor said. "It's moderate I would say, I'm not a doctor. I see you're more informed, more educated when it comes to Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3. I really don't know much about them, it's newer to me. Yeah I had the calf before, but it was a while ago. All I know is, it sucks."

Lindor is confident he can still be a leader while not on the field.

"Yeah, I don't lead by rah-rah type, telling them what to do when not to yell, but by example," Lindor said. "How I go about my business during this rehab will show them that I'm here to win, I'm here to do whatever it takes to be on the field. I know the boys are fine, it's a great group of guys out there. They're resilient.

"I'm not the first person to go down, and they have done an outstanding job to grind every single day. I know the guys will continue to work as hard as they can, they're going to win a lot more games with or without me. This is a good winning team. I believe they can do it, I can't wait to see them play."

Lastly, the shortstop was asked if he'll be able to return this season. He was pretty positive that returning won't be a problem.

"Very confident, vey confident. I'm not dead," Lindor said. "I'm hurt. I'm very confident I'm not dead, I haven't died, so I'm here. I'll be back soon, God willing, God is in control. If I go about it the right way I should be back soon."

Manager Luis Rojas spoke about Lindor's injury prior to their game on Saturday night, discussing the impact of him not being on the field.

"He’s one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball," Rojas said. "I think we have chance to be a really good defensive team even though Lindor’s presence is not gonna be there. You talk about his bat, but the value Lindor has is, for me, immeasurable, because he does so many things. … That absence is gonna be felt."