Lindor "chomping at the bit," still weeks away from return

The Indians' injury issues continue

James Rapien
April 03, 2019 - 12:56 pm
Feb 18, 2019; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor looks on during a spring training workout at the Goodyear Ballpark practice fields. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians hope star shortstop Francisco Lindor can shake the injuries he's dealt with over the past few months and return at full strength. 

Lindor was rehabbing a right calf strain when he sprained his left ankle in a minor-league game on March 26. There's no date in place for a potential return. 

"He's in a really good spot mentally," Chris Antonetti said. "He's going to do some light activity over the next week to 10 days and hopefully continue to build that up and then we'll reassess things at that point.

"Frankie is chomping at the bit and he feels like he's in a really good spot to tackle what's in front of him."

Those comments came on the heels of a report that said Lindor would miss up to three weeks. It sounds like Frankie will be out until the end of April at the earliest. Even if Lindor progresses faster than expected, he's going to have to play a few minor-league games to get his legs and his timing back. He missed all of spring training with the calf strain. 

The Indians began the season without both of their starting middle infielders. Second baseman Jason Kipnis has a calf issue of his own. He ran the bases on Monday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A Columbus on Friday. 

It's taking time, but the Indians are slowly getting healthy. Expect to see more lineups like this until Lindor and Kipnis are back: