Lin­dor ea­ger to get back at it

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - BASEBALL -

CLEVE­LAND — Fran­cisco Lin­dor missed all the lit­tle mo­ments. The big ones, too.

“Ev­ery pitch. Ev­ery out. Ev­ery cel­e­bra­tion af­ter ev­ery win,” the In­di­ans Al­lS­tar short­stop said. “It was ev­ery­thing equally.”

Side­lined for the sea­son’s first 18 games, Lin­dor was ac­ti­vated from the in­jured list Satur­day be­fore a dou­ble­header against the Braves. Lin­dor had been out since sprain­ing his left an­kle while run­ning the bases near the end of spring train­ing as he was re­hab­bing a right sprain.

For Lin­dor, the time away was dif­fi­cult.

“Miss­ing the flights. Miss­ing get­ting to a ho­tel, get­ting your room key and fig­ur­ing out what you’re go­ing to eat,” he said. “I missed that. I miss my team­mates. I miss the game. I miss the things within the game. It’s an honor. It’s a priv­i­lege to be healthy. It’s a bless­ing, and I ain’t tak­ing it for granted. I used to take health for granted. Not no more.”

Lin­dor was not in the start­ing lineup for Satur­day’s opener, but man­ager calf Terry Fran­cona planned to have him back at short in the night­cap. The In­di­ans went 11-7 without Lin­dor, but his pres­ence makes them a bet­ter team in ev­ery area.

“He’s one of the best play­ers in the game,” Fran­cona said. “He’s a dif­fer­ence maker ev­ery­where: club­house, dugout, on the bases, at short, in the bat­ter’s box.”

Lin­dor will wear a brace on his an­kle, but said he won’t be lim­ited at the plate or in the field.

“We’ll see how I feel on a daily ba­sis, but I feel like I’m in a good spot,” he said.

TONY DEJAK/AP

In­di­ans short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor says he won’t take his health for granted any­more.

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