Spring training is a week away and already a speed bump has already hit the Cleveland Indians on their road towards the postseason.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor will likely miss all of spring training according to multiple reports as he recovers from a right calf strain.
The timetable for recovery is seven to nine weeks which would keep him out until at the earliest late March when camp breaks and the regular season begins on March 28.
The three-time All-star suffered the injury in Orlando while training for the season. Lindor traveled to Cleveland on Wednesday when doctors confirmed the injury.
According to MLB.com, Lindor has already begun rehabbing the injury and will be looked at by the Indians medical staff daily in Arizona during spring training.
With Lindor sidelined, many will wonder who will fill the void during his absence.
Yu Chang, the organization’s sixth ranked prospect according to MLB.com played shortstop and third base in Triple-A Columbus last season hitting for .256 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 144 games.
The team could also give Eric Stamets a look at shortstop during the spring as well as he split time at both second base and shortstop in Columbus last season.