Indians' Lindor (calf) out two months

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

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

Lindor will not be able to participate in spring training under that timetable, but he shouldn't miss many regular season games.

Another option would be to move Jose Ramirez to shortstop temporarily. Lindor is reportedly expected to return to the field in early April. The 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns.

Lindor, one of baseball's best all-around players, sustained the injury recently while working out in Orlando, Florida.

Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Yandy Diaz were among the hitters the Indians traded this winter.

Joyce played in just 83 games for the Athletics last season as he contended with back injuries. A three time All Star, he hit.277 with 38 home runs and 92 runs batted in last season, so he will be missed at shortstop. Jose Iglesias and Adeiny Hechavarria are two sort of name-brand options who can be signed to fill in, and Michael Martinez spent parts of three seasons (2015-2017) as a utility player for the Indians before apparently being out of baseball a year ago.

In January Lindor was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He had 82 extra-base hits and tied for the major league lead with 129 runs. A left-handed hitter, he made $6 million in the final season of a $10 million, two-year deal. He played the past two seasons in Oakland. He would have the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses. It's an injury that is concerning to the AL Central champions, who have had an interesting offseason. When healthy, Joyce averages around 19 home runs and 63 RBI per season, production that the Indians outfield would certainly welcome.

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