The Cleveland Indians will be without its All-Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor for Spring Training. Friday the team announced that Lindor is dealing with a right calf strain. He is expected to miss seven to nine weeks. The injury could force Lindor to miss the start of the regular season.
Francisco Lindor has sustained a right calf strain while preparing for ST. He has started rehab & is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks.
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— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) February 8, 2019
It’s a huge blow just days before the team will open up Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz. In addition, it tops off what has already been a very disappointing off season for the reigning American League Central Division champions.
If there is a silver lining, the calf injury did not happen during the regular season. However, it could result in Lindor not being able to start his season until the regular season is already underway.
The Indians announced Lindor suffered the calf strain on January 8. Lindor suffered the calf strain working out in Orlando, Fla. while preparing for Spring Training.
Rehab is already underway for the All-Star shortstop. Lindor is already in Goodyear working to get back to action.
With the seven to nine week timetable, the earliest Lindor can return to Major League action is March 27. The Indians open up the 2019 regular season on March 28 against the Minnesota Twins.
The All-Star shortstop had a career year in 2018. The 25-year old hit 38 home runs and drove in 92 runs. Both are career highs. Lindor finished tied for the the American League lead in runs scored with 129.
Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear on Feb. 12. Position players report on Feb. 16. The first full squad workout is Feb. 18.