Lindor to start season on injured list

Frankie continues to recover from calf strain

James Rapien
March 22, 2019 - 7:41 pm
Mar 18, 2019; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians infielder Francisco Lindor looks on against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians announced Francisco Lindor will start the season on the 10-day injured list. 

The three-time All-Star suffered a calf strain while training this offseason. He's played in minor-league games, but the Indians are playing it safe with their shortstop. 

"We're not going to slow him down on purpose, but we do want him to play this season without dragging that leg around," Francona said on Thursday. "If that means three days to a week extra, as hard as that is, if it's the right thing to do then it's the right thing to do. We say it all of the time – you can't just do the right thing when it's convenient."

The Indians' injury issues don't end with Lindor. Second baseman Jason Kipnis suffered a low grade calf strain on Wednesday night. He underwent an MRI on Thursday to confirm the news. Kipnis won't participate in baseball activities for 7-10 days before being re-evaluated. He wasn't placed on the injured list.

The injuries put the Tribe in the market for middle infield help. They may reach out to Ryan Flaherty, who opted out of his deal earlier this week. There's a good chance Max Moroff and Eric Stamets are the Indians' middle infielders on Opening Day. 

Outfielder Bradley Zimmer will also start the season on the 10-day injured list as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. 

The Indians' season starts on March 28 in Minnesota.