Francisco Lindor opens up about injuries

The three-time All-Star could return to the field this weekend

James Rapien
April 19, 2019 - 12:12 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians could be getting a much needed boost to their lineup this weekend. Francisco Lindor may return to action after missing the first three weeks of the season with a sprained ankle. 

Lindor, 25, hit .417 (5-for-12) with two home runs, two RBI and an OPS of 1.461 in three rehab starts for Triple-A Columbus. He's expected to be re-evaluated today by the Indians' medical staff.

The three time All-Star missed all of spring training with a calf strain. He opened up about his injuries in an article for The Players' Tribune. Lindor announced he's 'back to baseball' and made it clear that he's missed the game.

"So now, here I am.

Back. Ready to roll. Ready to help this team win it all.

And after having missed this game so much for the past several weeks, and spending some time thinking about the ups and downs I’ve experienced to get here, I am going to cherish every single second I am able to play this game.

I will not take anything for granted — not any pitch, ground ball, hit … nothing."

It sounds like Lindor expects to be back on the field this weekend against Atlanta. If that is the case, it'll be interesting to see how manager Terry Francona uses him. Will he play shortstop for a full nine innings? Will Lindor be the designated hitter for the next few days so he can ease back into things? The Indians' star hasn't faced Major League pitching since last October, so there will probably be an adjustment period. 

One thing is obvious: Lindor is excited to be back on the field.

“After having missed this game so much for the past several weeks, and spending some time thinking about the ups and downs I’ve experienced to get here, I am going to cherish every single second I am able to play this game.”

Lindor had never missed significant time due to injury until this season. He's played in at least 158 games over the past three years. 

The Indians' offense needs a jolt. They're 29th in the MLB in batting average, runs and OPS.