In his Saturday column for The Plain Dealer, Terry Pluto suggests that Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor will likely begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Columbus because the team believes he needs some more work before getting a promotion. They did not bring Lindor up to the majors when rosters expanded in November.
With Lindor at Triple-A, Jose Ramirez should be expected to be the everyday shortstop along with Jason Kipnis at second base, and Mike Aviles backing up both middle infield positions.
Lindor, who turns 21 in two weeks, has consistently been rated among the game’s best prospects after the Indians took him in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2011 draft. The shortstop batted .273/.307/.388 in 180 plate appearances in his first taste of Triple-A competition following his promotion in July.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.