Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor’s recovery from a strained right calf muscle has been set back by another injury: a sprained left ankle.
Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday in Minnesota, where the Indians will start the season, that Lindor was hurt running the bases in an intrasquad game.
The three-time All-Star shortstop was previously ruled out for the opener because of the injury he suffered in early February, but the original timetable had him in the lineup by mid-April at the latest. Now Lindor could need more time than that. Francona said it was too soon to tell how long he’ll be out.
Rookie Eric Stamets will take Lindor’s place in the middle of the infield.