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Lindor to miss spring training with strained calf

Lindor to miss spring training with strained calf

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.

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

Bell reports that Lindor, 25, started the rehab process already after visiting a doctor Wednesday. 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.

If Lindor isn't ready for opening day, Indians manager Terry Francona has some options at shortstop.

Remember, that's game activity, not big league action. Lindor will not be able to participate in spring training under that timetable, but he shouldn't miss many regular season games. Friday the team announced that Lindor is dealing with a right calf strain. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short previous year.

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Currently, he is not expected to return until early April at best, which means that Terry Francona will need to move some pieces around. The 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns.

Lindor avoided arbitration this offseason.

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.

Lindor has become an indispensable player for the Indians, playing at least 158 games in each of the last three seasons.