Lindor out for Mets after slamming his finger in hotel door

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Francisco Lindor squeezed his finger to close the door and missed the start of the New York Mets against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

“The last time I pinched my finger, I was 12,” he said.

The shortfall hurt the night before the team arrived in Los Angeles for the first of a series of four matches between the two best teams in the National League. He closed one of the two double doors to his hotel room.

“They close at the same time and the next thing you know, I have a swollen finger,” he said. “I walked around the room for about three minutes. I don’t want to look at it. I feel like that finger is in my heart.”

Lindor’s right middle finger was swollen and the nail bed was black. He said the injury affected his ability to throw and hold a bat. He didn’t expect to lose more than a day.

Manager Buck Showalter briefly considered using Lindor as a designated hitter, but decided to sit down.

Lindor has raced in at least one long career in 10 consecutive races. He hit 0.365 on this side and has 43 RBIs this season.

“It’s frustrating not to be with the boys,” Lindor said in a dungeon against Dodger Stadium visitors. “I want to get there every day and do everything I can to help the team win.”

Lindor said his teammates didn’t bother him because they knew he was “not very happy.”

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