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

Annette Crawford
February 10, 2019

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 team announced Friday that shortstop Francisco Lindor strained his right calf while preparing for the year and will miss 7-to-9 weeks, which could wipe out his entire spring training and perhaps even the beginning of the regular season. 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.

Erik Gonzalez is a Pittsburgh Pirate now, and the next shortstop on Cleveland's depth chart is Yu Chang, who has exactly zero innings of big league experience.

There's one more question mark for the Cleveland Indians as spring training approaches. Veteran infielder Ryan Flaherty will also be in camp on a minor league deal. Flaherty has played sparingly at short in his seven-year career.

Lindor avoided arbitration this offseason. A left-handed hitter, he made $6 million in the final season of a $10 million, two-year deal.

Cleveland has won the AL Central in each of the last three seasons.

For Indians fans, I know they are sad that Lindor will be out for the beginning of the season, but if I were to pick any team that would be fine without their star player, it would be the Indians.

Joyce, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. He would have the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses.

The Tampa, native will be looking to erase a woeful 2018 that saw him hit just.208 in 246 plate appearances with seven home runs, 53 strikeouts and a.675 OPS.

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