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Injured duo Lindor, Kipnis to miss opening day for Indians

March 23, 2019
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FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019, file photo, injured Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor talks to a teammate in the dugout during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz. Lindor will take a major step in his recovery from a calf strain by playing in a controlled minor league game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
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FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019, file photo, injured Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor talks to a teammate in the dugout during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Ariz. Lindor will take a major step in his recovery from a calf strain by playing in a controlled minor league game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and double-play partner Jason Kipnis have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians.

The team said Friday night that neither player will be ready for Thursday’s opener at Minnesota. Lindor will start the year on the 10-day injured list. He has been recovering from a right calf strain that’s limited him during spring training. He has yet to appear in a Cactus League game but has participated in intrasquad minor league games. Potentially frigid weather in Minneapolis is an extra concern for Cleveland.

Kipnis had an MRI on Thursday which confirmed a mild right calf strain. He won’t do any baseball activities for 7 to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

Eric Stamets is likely to replace Lindor at short, and either Jose Ramirez or Max Moroff will likely slot in at second.

Outfielder Bradley Zimmer will also open the season on the 10-day IL. Zimmer had surgery on his right shoulder last July and is still recovering.

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