WASHINGTON — Francisco Lindor is doing well.
Lindor wanted to check if one of his teeth was still whole and he had a bruise on his chin, but he may also have had a new perspective on life and the Mets after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of a 7-3 Victory over the Nationals on Friday night.
Lindor had squared to be colorful when a fastball from Washington pitcher Steve Cishek drilled into the shortstop’s face at 88 mph. Lindor later said he thought the ball hit his helmet flap and he collapsed in the dirt as an exchange of words broke out around him.
“He’s lucky,” manager Buck Showalter said of Lindor. X-rays were negative and he passed a concussion test.
Lindor said he believes he can play Saturday, which would make him the second Mets star to get a helmet smash this season and start the next day.
On Thursday, 24-year-old right-hander Mason Thompson jabbed Pete Alonso with a slider that grazed the first baseman’s shoulder and struck the flap of his helmet. The Mets were furious that four batsmen had been hit by pitches in the first 14 innings of the season (James McCann was hit twice Thursday), and they showed it when Lindor lay sprawled on the dirt.
Lindor said he was “proud” to be a Met after battling for the benches.
“Thank God I’m fine,” said Lindor, who was replaced by Luis Guillorme. “I don’t have a headache right now, I feel good. Think one of my teeth might be chipped – but I can still smile.”
For the most part, Lindor was feeling good and delighted with his teammates. Jeff McNeil said this type of incident could “absolutely” bring a team together.
“Everyone on this team is behind each other, you saw that today,” said McNeil, who homed and went through with an RBI single. “Nice to have the whole team out there. I think it’s a good group of guys, close-knit.”
Edwin Diaz’s grandfather died Friday, Showalter announced. The Closer is en route to Puerto Rico and will be put on the bereavement list and is “taking whatever time he needs,” Showalter said.
The Mets are intentionally overstuffed with positional players to cover for when injuries strike. Until then, however, Dominic Smith is an early victim of the muddle.
Smith was off the starting lineup against right-hand Josiah Gray. Robinson Cano, who had a nice opener, got the designated hitter nod while Alonso occupied first base and Mark Canha moved to left field, with Brandon Nimmo available for midfield.
Smith setting the opener against left Patrick Corbin made sense. At least early in the season, it seems it’s up to Cano and Smith for game time.
Showalter signaled that Smith, who The Post reported was almost sold to the Padres last week, will be starting soon.
“We mapped it. We’re going to play to the fullest of Smitty’s abilities,” the manager said before Cano went 4-1 with a two-run single. “We don’t let anyone over there [in the clubhouse] that we believe can really influence us.”
Smith batted for Cano in the ninth time and knocked out.
Nimmo made his season debut with a 2-for-5 with a triple after sitting with a stiff neck on Thursday. Nimmo said his throat is at “98 percent.”
Catcher Tomas Nido also made his season debut, but not because James McCann was hit twice the night before. McCann said he was fine after being punched in the back and right foot.
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