Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Indians Francisco Lindor Suffers a "Moderate' Calf Strain; to Miss Two Months"

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Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is expected to miss opening day as he recovers from a calf injury, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

That essentially means that Lindor, one of the game's bright young talents, won't get the reps in spring training that he was counting on.

Bell reports that Lindor, 25, started the rehab process already after visiting a doctor Wednesday.

A three-time All-Star, Lindor batted.277 last season with 38 homers, 92 RBIs and tied for the league lead with 129 runs.

If Lindor isn't ready for opening day, Indians manager Terry Francona has some options at shortstop. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short past year. However, it could result in Lindor not being able to start his season until the regular season is already underway.


Remember, that's game activity, not big league action.

Lindor has become an indispensable player for the Indians, playing at least 158 games in each of the last three seasons.

The All-Star shortstop had a career year in 2018. With that in mind, the Indians will likely have to survive with an unproven fill-in in the event Lindor misses the early part of the season. With the Indians losing the services of Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Yonder Alonso, and Edwin Encarnacion over the offseason, so they may be even more reliant on Lindor to carry the offense in 2019. The left-handed hitting outfielder earned $6 million last season in the final year of a two-year $10 million contract with the Athletics.

Joyce, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics.

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