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Francisco Lindor out seven to nine weeks with strained calf

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The Cleveland Indians just announced that shortstop Francisco Lindor has sustained a right calf strain while preparing for Spring Training. They didn’t say exactly what happened and when, but they said it occurred “recently.”

Lindor was evaluated on Wednesday, and the injury was deemed a “moderate” calf strain. He has started his rehab. As far as his timeline goes, the Indians said he is expected to return to game activity in 7-to-9 weeks. That means, at best, he’ll be back in action just days before the regular season starts but he potentially won’t even be available on Opening Day. Either way, he’s basically going to lose almost all game action in Spring Training, and thus might be rusty when he does return.

This is a pretty big blow to the Indians to say the least. Lindor hit 38 homers and posted an .871 OPS last year, winning a Silver Slugger Award, making the All-Star team and coming in 6th in MVP voting and posting a 7.9 WAR. The club was already heading into spring training with a suspect outfield, which puts a lot more pressure on offensive stalwarts Lindor and Jose Ramirez. With a late-starting Lindor, the Tribe’s offensive problems only intensify.

Dee Gordon placed on injured list due to quad strain

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The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.

Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.

Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.

Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.