This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
Cleveland's offensive weapons are dwindling as Opening Day approaches. It started with Francisco Lindor, the team's All-Star shortstop. Lindor sustained a calf strain in early February while gearing up for spring training and has spent the last six weeks rehabbing. He has resumed running the bases at full speed but will start the season on the injured list. The designation shouldn't be seen as a setback as it appears the team is simply opting to provide Lindor ample time to recover to ensure his long-term health. While starting the season without Lindor isn't ideal for fantasy owners, missing games at the start of the season is easier to stomach than watching him rush back only to return to the IL.
Joining Lindor on the IL will be second baseman Jason Kipnis who also strained a calf. Kipnis' injury was classified as a low-grade strain, setting him up for a brief absence. However, it wouldn't be overly shocking to see the team slow play this situation to reduce the risk of re-injury. Like most strains of the lower extremities, calf strains can be tricky to manage and can be easily irritated. If a still recovering muscle is aggravated or restrained, the entire healing process must begin again. Look for Max Moroff and Eric Stamets to fill the middle infield with Lindor and Kipnis sidelined.
It's not just muscle-related injuries that are an issue for Cleveland as third baseman Jose Ramirez was recently carted off the field after taking