Lindor injury could open Indians spot for Taiwan's Chang

Report: Indians SS Francisco Lindor to Miss Opening Day With Calf Strain

Cleveland opens its season March 28 at the Minnesota Twins.

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will reportedly miss about the next two months after suffering a calf strain.

That essentially means that Lindor, one of the game's bright young talents, won't get the reps in spring training that he was counting on. 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.

A three-time All-Star, Lindor batted.277 with 38 homers, 92 RBI and was tied for the league lead with 129 runs.

If Lindor isn't ready for opening day, Indians manager Terry Francona has some options at shortstop.

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.

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 and Jose Ramirez were expected to carry the offense this season so this injury can not be welcomed news in the executive offices at Progressive Field. In 2015, he finished second in AL Rookie of the Year votes and has a career.288/.350/.487 slash line. Friday the team announced that Lindor is dealing with a right calf strain.

Joyce, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics.

For Indians fans, I know they are sad that Lindor will be out for the beginning of the season, but if I were to pick any team that would be fine without their star player, it would be the Indians.



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