Hopefully for the Indians' sake, Lindor will be 100 percent and ready to go for Opening Day against the Minnesota Twins on March 28.
The Indians say Lindor pulled his right calf, while working out in Orlando, Florida last weekend. He'll have plenty of time to audition in Goodyear, and depending on Lindor's recovery process, may well be the starter on Opening Day.
In 158 games last season, Lindor hit for a.277 batting average with 38 home runs, 129 runs, 92 RBI, 25 stolen bases and an OPS of.871.
The best case scenario for the Tribe would have Lindor missing the first week or so of the season.
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Francisco Lindor became the subject of the latest bit of unpleasant news circulating around the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
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.
Currently, he is not expected to return until early April at best, which means that Terry Francona will need to move some pieces around. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short a year ago. The 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns. With the Indians losing the services of Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Yonder Alonso, and Edwin Encarnacion over the offseason, so they may be even more reliant on Lindor to carry the offense in 2019. He played the past two seasons in Oakland.
Joyce hit 25 home runs and drove in 68 runs in 2017 but played in only 83 games last season while battling back injuries.