The Mets expect Francisco Lindor back in the lineup by the end of August, if not before, but still could seek a short-term answer at shortstop.
Trevor Story and Javier Baez are among the shortstops the Mets could pursue heading to Friday’s trade deadline, with the idea either could shift to third base once Lindor returns from a strained right oblique.
“We’re open minded if there are other options that could also have versatility to help us when Francisco does come back,” acting general manager Zack Scott said before the Mets split a doubleheader Monday against the Braves.
“Those are things we’d explore as well.”
Lindor’s oblique strain carries a time frame of four-to-six weeks’ recovery, according to Scott. The Mets lost the shortstop to a Grade 2 strain on July 16.
Scott added that he still likes in-house options Luis Guillorme and Jonathan Villar at shortstop.
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Manager Luis Rojas all but confirmed that Carlos Carrasco’s season debut for the Mets will occur this weekend against the Reds at Citi Field.
The right-hander pitched three scoreless innings for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday in a third rehab start.
Carrasco has been on the injured list since tearing his right hamstring in spring training.
Jacob deGrom will throw another “light side” session in the next day or two, according to Rojas. The Mets ace threw from a mound Sunday for the first time since he…