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Francisco Lindor injury hurts Indians, fantasy owners

10 February 2019

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.

According to the team, All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered a right calf strain while preparing for Spring Training, and he's expected to return to game activity in 7-to-9 weeks.

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Lindor, 25, is coming off a monster 2018 campaign where he slashed.277/.352/.519 with 82 extra-base hits (38 home runs), 92 RBI and 25 stolen bases. Rookie Yu Chang is listed as Lindor's backup, but infielder Jose Ramirez has plenty of experience at shortstop. He's yet to play in the big leagues, but he posted solid numbers in triple-A a year ago and should be reliable defensively. Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates this winter, is another option, as is minor league journeyman Eric Stamlets.

This timeline means that, at best, Lindor will have next to no opportunity to participate in Spring Training before Opening Day. 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 2015, he finished second in AL Rookie of the Year votes and has a career.288/.350/.487 slash line. Both are career highs.

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Joyce played in just 83 games for the Athletics last season as he contended with back injuries.

Lindor avoided arbitration this offseason.

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The Cleveland Indians may start the season without their best player. He played the past two seasons in Oakland.

Francisco Lindor injury hurts Indians, fantasy owners