Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Cleveland's Lindor (calf strain) out 7-9 weeks

Report: Indians SS Francisco Lindor to Miss Opening Day With Calf Strain Francisco Lindor being treated for calf strain, expected to return in 7-9 weeks
Kristopher Love | 10 February, 2019, 21:28

Even if Lindor is progressing well, you'd have to imagine Cleveland going with a cautious approach, meaning it's likely he'd miss the first couple weeks of the season. Ramirez could move from third to shortstop, but that's a long shot.

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) looks back to the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Flaherty has played sparingly at short in his seven-year career.

Lindor reportedly suffered a calf strain while working out in Florida in preparation for the start of spring training next week.

Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Yandy Diaz were among the hitters the Indians traded this winter.

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

The Cleveland Indians may start the season without their best player.

Lindor, a three-time All-Star and perennial MVP candidate, hit.277 with 38 home runs and 25 stolen bases last season.

Lindor avoided arbitration this offseason. Lindor and the Indians settled on a one year-deal worth $10.55 million. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. In addition, it tops off what has already been a very disappointing off season for the reigning American League Central Division champions. He played the past two seasons in Oakland. He has a.221 career average with 98 homers in 872 games between 2010-17.