Francisco Lindor returning to Mets lineup in ‘huge’ boost

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Francisco Lindor is back.

The sliding Mets returned to Citi Field on Tuesday and were set to get a big boost with Lindor’s return to the lineup, activating the shortstop before their game against the Giants.

Lindor strained his oblique on July 16 and has not played since, skipping a rehab assignment to get back to the Mets, who are in the midst of a 2-8 stretch against the Dodgers and Giants.

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“It’s huge having him back,” manager Luis Rojas said. “His presence on the field is something we missed.”

Lindor’s return pushed Javier Baez to second base, Jeff McNeil to left field and Dominic Smith to the bench, at least for Tuesday’s game.

Lindor had gotten off to a rough start offensively this season but was slashing .333/.489/.500 in 12 July games before getting hurt.

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