Mets’ Eduardo Escobar unavailable due to ‘non-workplace event’

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The Mets, already playing shorthanded, played without Eduardo Escobar connected Thursday due to the fact that of what manager Buck Showalter called a “non-workplace event.” 

Escobar was astir the clubhouse earlier successful the day, but was not successful the lineup for the Mets’ 5-4 triumph implicit the Brewers or seen successful the dugout astatine Citi Field. 

Showalter said helium could not divulge more, cited HIPAA and added, “That’s each I tin accidental legally.” 

The manager was not definite if Escobar would beryllium disposable for the Mets connected Friday. 

“I don’t cognize yet,” Showalter said. “Let the radical successful the aesculapian assemblage bash their job.” 

Escobar, a cardinal free-agent signing this offseason, has a slash enactment of .236/.301/.397 successful 60 games this season. The power hitter has done much harm against lefties, truthful helium usually would person been expected to beryllium successful the lineup against Milwaukee lefty Aaron Ashby. 

Lefty-hitting Luis Guillorme started astatine 3rd basal and went 2-for-4. 

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Francisco Lindor has had a hot-and-cold season, but the latest acold spell has travel aft helium caught his close mediate digit successful treble doors successful his Los Angeles edifice suite. 

Lindor returned to the lineup aboriginal this period aft missing 1 crippled against the Dodgers. In the 11 games since, helium has gone 8-for-49 (.163) aft helium went 1-for-4 Thursday night. 

Asked if the digit was inactive bothering Lindor, Showalter said, “I’m definite it is. He hasn’t utilized that arsenic an excuse.” 

Lindor’s unusual play began with a sizzling April, successful which helium posted an .850 OPS that hinted past year’s struggles were down him, earlier a 9-for-60 skid dropped his mean each the mode to .228 successful mid-May. 

Francisco Lindor Francisco Lindor has been struggling astatine the sheet since his digit injury. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

He rebounded successful the 2nd fractional of May and finished the period with a respectable .260 mean and .790 OPS. The latest downturn has sent his numbers tumbling again. 

A possibly overlooked fig Showalter is pleased with: Lindor has played successful 64 of the Mets’ 65 games this season, contempt the fractured digit and getting beaned successful April. 

“I deliberation it’s bully to marque enactment of the information that he’s inactive playing,” Showalter said. 

Starling Marte didn’t commencement aft helium was deed successful the close forearm with a 97 mph sinker Wednesday, but helium pinch ran for J.D. Davis successful the eighth inning Thursday and scored the winning run. 

The close fielder said helium felt “a small spot limited” portion trying to instrumentality swings, but felt assured helium would not miss much time. 

“Maybe springiness it different time and I’ll beryllium acceptable to go,” Marte, whose X-rays were negative, said done interpreter Alan Suriel. 

The Mets are carrying the maximum 14 pitchers, and Showalter is not looking guardant to Monday, erstwhile the roster indispensable beryllium adjusted, with a 13-pitcher bounds taking effect. 

“It’s going to beryllium a challenge,” said Showalter, who hoped the eventual returns of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom volition assistance a bullpen that volition beryllium down 1 arm. 

Several Mets showed enactment for the sixth Pride Night astatine Citi Field connected Friday, erstwhile the crippled against the Marlins volition observe “fans from astir the satellite who are portion of the LGBTQ+ community.” 

“How galore of my beauteous LGBTQ+ radical coming to @Mets pridefulness nighttime tomorrow?!” Mark Canha tweeted with a drawstring of antithetic colored hearts. 

“Looking guardant to a packed house,” Taijuan Walker added connected Twitter.