Several players to miss start of Indians' season, home opener

Posted at 8:05 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 20:05:01-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ opening day is less than a week away, but the Tribe will be missing a few key players at the start of their season.

The Indians announced on Friday that second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent an MRI on Thursday and it was confirmed that he has a mild calf strain.

The injury requires Kipnis to have no baseball activity for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated, the team said. He has not been placed on the Injured List.

In addition to Kipnis' absence, center fielder Bradley Zimmer and shortstop Francisco Lindor will each begin the year on the 10-day Injured List, per Manager Terry Francona.

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Lindor is recovering from a calf strain while Zimmer is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder.

The Indians play their first game of the season against the Minnesota Twins on March 28. The Indians take on the Chicago White Sox in their home opener on April 1.