Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Indians' Francisco Lindor may miss spring training with calf strain

Indians' Francisco Lindor may miss spring training with calf strain

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will reportedly miss about the next two months after suffering a calf strain.

Unfortunately, this team will not head into spring training with a full group of guys. 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.

With the departures of veterans including Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller, Yan Gomes and others, the Indians and its fan base is turning to Lindor and is famous smile for positive energy. However, it could result in Lindor not being able to start his season until the regular season is already underway. The bottom line is the Indians don't need this kind of uncertainty surrounding their best offensive player heading into the 2019 season. According to the Indians, the shortstop has already started rehab.

There's one more question mark for the Cleveland Indians as spring training approaches. The 25-year-old shortstop is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7 to 9 weeks, between March 27th and April 10th.

Hopefully for the Indians' sake, Lindor will be 100 percent and ready to go for Opening Day against the Minnesota Twins on March 28. The switch-hitter, driving the offense from the leadoff spot, batted.277 (183-for-661) with 129 runs, 42 doubles, 38 homers and 92 RBI. Flaherty has played sparingly at short in his seven-year career.

Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear on February 12. He stole 25 bases in 35 attempts and posted a career-high.871 OPS. The first full squad workout is February 18.

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