Indians SS Francisco Lindor to Miss Opening Day With Calf Strain

Ross Houston
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 afternoon that shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered a right calf strain while preparing for spring training.

The one positive Lindor and the Indians can take from this is the fact it happened before Spring Training started. Lindor has already started the rehab process. He has hit 71 home runs over the last two seasons (33 in 2017, 38 last year), while playing shortstop at a high level.

From a certain perspective, even though a repeat of past 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's yet to play in the big leagues, but he posted solid numbers in triple-A past year and should be reliable defensively.

A report earlier this week indicated the team may be trying to push Lindor out.

Even if Lindor is progressing well, you'd have to imagine Cleveland going with a cautious approach, meaning it's likely he'd miss the first couple weeks of the season. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short past year. Lindor hit 40-plus doubles and 30-plus homers in each of the last two seasons.

The All-Star shortstop had a career year in 2018. 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.

Prior to joining Oakland, Joyce spent six seasons in Tampa Bay where he slugged.435 with 76 home runs and 280 RBI, earning an All-Star bid in 2011.

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