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Mets’ Francisco Lindor speaks out on lingering finger injury after absurd hotel incident

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New York Mets hitter Francisco Lindor is playing through the pain of a broken finger. In fact, he is seemingly catching fire at the plate.

In his previous seven games, the New York Mets’ shortstop registered a slash line of .300/.300/.567. He also hit two home runs, had seven RBIs, and scored three runs in that stretch. He’s also had three straight multi-hit games. In addition, he recorded his 12th homer of the season, he has scooped up two doubles, and he has driven in four runs.

What has been even more impressive, however, is his ability to stay on the field despite a fractured middle finger.

Remember that Lindor broke the tip of his right middle finger after catching it in the double doors of his hotel suite in Los Angeles on the evening of June 1. Before that, Lindor had enjoyed a hot run extending from mid-May to the first few days of June, during which he had a 10-game RBI streak. That is the second-longest in Mets history. He was als0 named National League Player of the Week.

Surprisingly, this condition has only led him to miss one game, which occurred the next day.

Interestingly enough, Lindor’s main lesson from this incident is quite simple.

“Be careful with double doors,” Lindor joked after Friday’s 5-3 game against the Miami Marlins.

Lindor’s steady showing also has the New York Mets front office taking notice.

“He played about two or three weeks with a crack on the end of his finger,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Not so much hitting, but think of fielding the baseball with your glove hand and the ball takes a bad hop and hits the end of your throwing hand. I shook hands with him a couple of weeks ago, and I could tell it was still painful if you grabbed him right.”

Lindor’s finger remains fractured despite the fact it has been 25 days since his accident. He believes his nail will eventually come out, but he is learning how to live with it. Fortunately for Lindor, his finger has slightly improved.

“It turned the corner and I feel much better, even though it took me a while,” he said.

The Mets currently have the best National League record this season. Lindor, who is fourth in baseball with 56 RBIs, is a significant reason for the team’s early success in 2022. The team is fortunate that their $341 million shortstop has been willing and able to manage a severe ailment by playing through it rather than succumbing to the discomfort and landing on the injured list.