Cleveland Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor isn't too worried about landing a big-money contract extension. Not when he is under club control for three more years and he has an injured right calf muscle to rehab.
The initial time frame two weeks ago targeted Lindor to miss seven to nine weeks, meaning possibly being sidelined at the outset of the 2019 season. "It's funny with time frames -- you never know," Lindor told reporters at spring training at Goodyear, Ariz. "There's people that make it way before that and there's people that are not even close to it. To be honest, I just want to be focusing on what I've got to do on a daily basis and if I come back in four weeks, you'll be taking pictures out there.
"If I come back in nine weeks, you'll still be taking pictures, so it doesn't matter when I come back. As long as I come back and I can stay on the field on a daily basis to help my team win, that's what matters." Lindor, 25, recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.55 million contract after established career highs of 38 homers and 92 RBIs last season while batting .277. The three-time All-Star said he was happy to reach a settlement.
"Did you see the number?" Lindor said. "It's pretty good. I'll take it. I'm blessed to play this game and get paid for it. My agent did an outstanding job and the Indians came up with the right number. We thought it was good for what the market was dictating to me. I thank the owners, the front office and my agent as well. They did an outstanding job and I signed the paper. I'm happy." That pleasant experience leads to wonder if a long-term deal could be on the horizon.
Lindor isn't obsessed with receiving such a contract right now and is fine with seeing how things play out. "We'll see what happens," Lindor said. "At the end of the day I'm playing the game to win, and this is a good place for me to win. If the Indians come up with the right numbers and some point it happens -- and I'm not even thinking about it -- we'll see."
As for now, there are the rehab sessions to get the calf muscle in shape. Lindor said he arrives before 7 a.m. each day and stays until around 4 p.m. A large portion of the rehab is doing exercises in the pool. "Longer than a typical day with regular work," Lindor said of his routine. "It's nonstop. The trainers are doing a great job to keep me entertained."
--Field Level Media