Lindor glad to get back at it
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 in spring training as he was rehabbing a right calf 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 did not play in Saturday’s opener, but manager Terry Francona had him back at short and batting leadoff in the nightcap. He struck out in his first at-bat of 2019, but singled and scored in the second inning.
“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.
“We’ll see how I feel on a daily basis, but I feel like I’m in a good spot,” he said. “I’m ready to play in a big-league game and not take any out off.”
Francisco Lindor smiles on his way to the dugout after scoring in the second inning.