Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor out with sprained calf

Report: Indians SS Francisco Lindor to Miss Opening Day With Calf Strain

Francisco Lindor being treated for calf strain, expected to return in 7-9 weeks

The timetable makes it likely Lindor, 25, will miss all of spring training and possibly the first two weeks of the regular season.

Another option would be to move Jose Ramirez to shortstop temporarily. Flaherty has played sparingly at short in his seven-year career.

The Indians said Lindor recently hurt the calf while preparing for spring training in Orlando, Fla.

Lindor has become an indispensable player for the Indians, playing at least 158 games in each of the last three seasons. A three time All Star, he hit.277 with 38 home runs and 92 runs batted in last season, so he will be missed at shortstop. With the Indians losing the services of Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Yonder Alonso, and Edwin Encarnacion over the offseason, so they may be even more reliant on Lindor to carry the offense in 2019. He signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with Cleveland in January, and will be arbitration eligible in both 2020 and 2021. Jose Iglesias and Adeiny Hechavarria are two sort of name-brand options who can be signed to fill in, and Michael Martinez spent parts of three seasons (2015-2017) as a utility player for the Indians before apparently being out of baseball a year ago.

From a certain perspective, even though a repeat of previous year has been hard to foresee even if he was healthy right now, Lindor could now become a relative value in fantasy drafts and auctions. He would have the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses. He played the past two seasons in Oakland. In addition, it tops off what has already been a very disappointing off season for the reigning American League Central Division champions.

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. He will compete for a spot with Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin, Luplow and Brandon Barnes, as well as a host of minor leaguers including Trayce Thompson, Daniel Johnson and Oscar Mercado. He has a.221 career average with 98 homers in 872 games between 2010-17.

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