Cleveland opens its season March 28 at the Minnesota Twins.
Lindor suffered the calf strain working out in Orlando, Fla. while preparing for Spring Training. The 3-time All-Star has started his rehab process, and the Tribe say he will be examined daily this Spring.More news: Judge Approves Lampert's Sears Purchase
Last season Lindor hit.277 with 38 homer runs and 92 runs batted in for the Indians. Lindor and Jose Ramirez were expected to carry the offense this season so this injury can not be welcomed news in the executive offices at Progressive Field.
Another option would be to move Jose Ramirez to shortstop temporarily. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short a year ago.
The timetable makes it likely Lindor, 25, will miss all of spring training and possibly the first two weeks of the regular season. He's yet to play in the big leagues, but he posted solid numbers in triple-A previous year and should be reliable defensively. Lindor led the team in hits and doubles past year.More news: Dem Floats Bill to Legalize Marijuana
For Indians fans, I know they are sad that Lindor will be out for the beginning of the season, but if I were to pick any team that would be fine without their star player, it would be the Indians. The 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns.
Prior to joining Oakland, Joyce spent six seasons in Tampa Bay where he slugged.435 with 76 home runs and 280 RBI, earning an All-Star bid in 2011.More news: Florida DUI suspect dances way through sobriety test