Francisco Lindor Out 7 To 9 Weeks With Right Calf Strain

Francisco Lindor’s injury a reminder of his immense worth to the Indians and their championship hopes

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.

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

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

Currently, he is not expected to return until early April at best, which means that Terry Francona will need to move some pieces around. Rookie Yu Chang is listed as Lindor's backup, but infielder Jose Ramirez has plenty of experience at shortstop.

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In a statement the Indians said Lindor suffered the injury working out over the weekend in Orlando, his offseason home.

From a certain perspective, even though a repeat of previous year has been hard to foresee even if he was healthy right now, Lindor could now become a relative value in fantasy drafts and auctions.

The Indians have won the American League Central for three straight seasons, and it does not seem like they will be slowing down based off of the other teams in their division. He played the past two seasons in Oakland. He signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with Cleveland in January, and will be arbitration eligible in both 2020 and 2021. The one-time All-Star hit.208 with seven home runs and 34 runs. But if Joyce is able to mimic the past performances of veterans such as Rajai Davis (35 steals in 2016) and Austin Jackson (.869 OPS in 2017), he could prove another valuable pickup by president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff.

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