Remodeled Indians enter '19 season with major questions

Heather Diaz
February 10, 2019

Cleveland Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor (L) talks with Cleveland Indians Third base Jose Ramirez (R) during the Major League Baseball regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians on September 7, 2018, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will likely miss the start of the season with a strained right calf.

There's one more question mark for the Cleveland Indians as spring training approaches. The 3-time All-Star has started his rehab process, and the Tribe say he will be examined daily this Spring. Missing games in early April could easily come strictly by playing home games in Cleveland, where bad weather can be a factor. At minimum without a full spring training before Opening Day, Lindor is now a risky pick and it'll be interesting to see how that ADP is affected in the coming weeks. Ramirez could move from third to shortstop, but that's a long shot. Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates this winter, is another option, as is minor league journeyman Eric Stamlets.

The silver lining for Cleveland is that Lindor at least has a chance to be ready by opening day.

Remember, that's game activity, not big league action.

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Joyce played in just 83 games for the Athletics last season as he contended with back injuries.

From a certain perspective, even though a repeat of past 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.

In January Lindor was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Joyce, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics.

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