Indians star Lindor may miss season start with calf strain | AP sports


The Cleveland Indians will be without its All-Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor for Spring Training.

Lindor, one of baseball's best all-around players, sustained the injury recently while working out in Orlando, Florida. Lindor has already started the rehab process.

An All-Star each of the past three seasons, Lindor hit 38 home runs and had 7.9 WAR last season. 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. With that in mind, the Indians will likely have to survive with an unproven fill-in in the event Lindor misses the early part of the season. Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates this winter, is another option, as is minor league journeyman Eric Stamlets. Lindor will not be able to participate in spring training under that timetable, but he shouldn't miss many regular season games. Ramirez could move from third to shortstop, but that's a long shot. Infielder Mike Freeman, who will be in camp on a minor league deal, played 58 games at shortstop in the minors for the Cubs past year. The 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns.

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Lindor has become an indispensable player for the Indians, playing at least 158 games in each of the last three seasons. The left-handed hitting outfielder earned $6 million last season in the final year of a two-year $10 million contract with the Athletics.

In January Lindor was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He played the past two seasons in Oakland.