Francisco Lindor Sidelined Two Months, Questionable for Opening Day

Francisco Lindor Sidelined Two Months, Questionable for Opening Day

Cleveland opens its season March 28 at the Minnesota Twins.

The club announced on Friday that all-star shortstop Francisco Lindor will miss the next seven to nine weeks with a right calf injury.

Erik Gonzalez is a Pittsburgh Pirate now, and the next shortstop on Cleveland's depth chart is Yu Chang, who has exactly zero innings of big league experience.

Lindor suffered the calf strain working out in Orlando, Fla. while preparing for Spring Training. Veteran infielder Ryan Flaherty will also be in camp on a minor league deal.

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 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns. Both are career highs.

In January Lindor was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

The Indians have won the American League Central for three straight seasons, and it does not seem like they will be slowing down based off of the other teams in their division. Lindor and the Indians settled on a one year-deal worth $10.55 million.

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

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.

Fangraphs.com projects Joyce to hit a handful of home runs and drive in about 14 with a batting average of.232 in a little more than 30 games in 2019.

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