Lindor to miss 7-to-9 weeks with strained calf

  • Lindor to miss 7-to-9 weeks with strained calf

Lindor to miss 7-to-9 weeks with strained calf

The Cleveland Indians say they will most likely start the season without their All-Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor.

It's a huge blow just days before the team will open up Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz. His defensive range is limited, but he could fit nicely in a platoon with right-handed hitting Jordan Luplow, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in an earlier offseason trade. Lindor will not be able to participate in spring training under that timetable, but he shouldn't miss many regular season games. The bottom line is the Indians don't need this kind of uncertainty surrounding their best offensive player heading into the 2019 season.

The Indians announced Lindor suffered the calf strain on January 8.

Spring training hasn't even begun, but already the Indians are dealing with a big injury to one of, if not the biggest star on the team. According to the Indians, the shortstop has already started rehab.

The Indians said Lindor "is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks", and opening Day is in exactly seven weeks from now.

Cleveland Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor (L) talks with Cleveland Indians Third base Jose Ramirez (R) during the Major League Baseball regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians on September 7, 2018, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Lindor, a three-time All-Star and perennial MVP candidate, hit.277 with 38 home runs and 25 stolen bases last season. Flaherty has played sparingly at short in his seven-year career. Position players are scheduled to report on February 16. He stole 25 bases in 35 attempts and posted a career-high.871 OPS. Position players report on February 16.