Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Lindor to miss spring training with strained calf

Lindor to miss spring training with strained calf

It happened while he was preparing for spring training in Orlando, Florida.

Lindor, 25, had the calf examined Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic.

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.

The loss of Lindor for any period is a major blow to the three-time defending AL Central champions. The 25-year-old is an offensive force, elite defensive player and will be counted on to provide more leadership this season following the departures of outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes.

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The three-time All-Star achieved career highs of 38 home runs and 92 RBIs last season while batting.277 in 158 games.

The team tried to soothe them with a playful posting about Lindor's injury on Twitter. "We are confident that everyone will handle this news calmly & rationally". Friday the team announced that Lindor is dealing with a right calf strain.

If Lindor is unable to open the season - he's going to have to go through a fast-track version of spring training no matter when he returns - who is going to play shortstop? Third baseman Jose Ramirez led the team in home runs with 39. He played the past two seasons in Oakland. Joyce's deal is pending a successful physical. Lindor and the Indians settled on a one year-deal worth $10.55 million. While there is value in players of Lindor's stature playing in games and getting at-bats, it shouldn't wreck his entire 2019 campaign.

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