The Indians open their season in Minnesota against the Twins on March 28th.
The Francisco Lindor injury is devastating for baseball, especially when its free agents have not signed and there is a week until Spring Training kicks off in Arizona and Florida, but the Indians will be fine.
Bell reports that Lindor, 25, started the rehab process already after visiting a doctor Wednesday.
In 158 games last season, Lindor hit for a.277 batting average with 38 home runs, 129 runs, 92 RBI, 25 stolen bases and an OPS of.871. Missing games in early April could easily come strictly by playing home games in Cleveland, where bad weather can be a factor.
Last month, Lindor signed a one-year $10.55 million contract for 2019 to avoid salary arbitration with the Indians. Utility man Max Moroff, acquired from the Pirates in the Gonzalez deal, played six games at short past year.
Another option would be to move Jose Ramirez to shortstop temporarily. However, it could result in Lindor not being able to start his season until the regular season is already underway.
Erik Gonzalez is a Pittsburgh Pirate now, and the next shortstop on Cleveland's depth chart is Yu Chang, who has exactly zero innings of big league experience. The 31-year-old California native has made 600 appearances at second base and 220 at shortstop over eight major campaigns.
Cleveland's pursuit of a fourth consecutive American League Central title will fall largely at Lindor's feet after the team cut payroll this offseason and let go of key players. Even if it's for a week or two, the Tribe can't afford to have Lindor out of their lineup this season.