This is the last thing the Cleveland Indians wanted to hear before they report to Spring Training.
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.
Francisco Lindor has sustained a right calf strain while preparing for ST. He has started rehab & is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) February 8, 2019
Get well soon & keep smiling!
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Remember, that's game activity, not big league action.
The one positive Lindor and the Indians can take from this is the fact it happened before Spring Training started. While there is value in players of Lindor's stature playing in games and getting at-bats, it shouldn't wreck his entire 2019 campaign.
Of course, the very end of this time frame happens to be on the eve of Opening Day. So, the question all spring will be surrounding whether Lindor will be ready to go when the season starts.
Even if Lindor is progressing well, you'd have to imagine Cleveland going with a cautious approach, meaning it's likely he'd miss the first couple weeks of the season.
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.