Francisco Lindor (calf) expected to be out almost two months

Ruben Hill
February 10, 2019

The Cleveland Indians are about to learn that first-hand.

The team announced Friday afternoon that shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered a right calf strain while preparing for spring training. He'll be cutting it close based on this timeline, but there's enough time for him to recover in time to start the season healthy. He was seen at the Cleveland Clinic and diagnosed with a moderate strain. However, there is no guarantee that will be the case.

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. 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. He was arguably Cleveland's most valuable player and one of the best overall players in baseball.

Lindor avoided arbitration this offseason.

Joyce, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. At minimum without a full spring training before Opening Day, Lindor is now a risky pick and it'll be interesting to see how that ADP is affected in the coming weeks. He's yet to play in the big leagues, but he posted solid numbers in triple-A past year and should be reliable defensively. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short a year ago. Ramirez could move from third to shortstop, but that's a long shot.

Needless to say, none of those options are that appealing. At worst, he'll miss the Tribe's first few regular season series'.

With the seven to nine week timetable, the earliest Lindor can return to Major League action is March 27. So, the question all spring will be surrounding whether Lindor will be ready to go when the season starts.

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