Manager Terry Francona said Lindor (calf) ran at "almost, pretty much" full speed during a minor-league game Tuesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Lindor could be cleared to run the bases "full out" this weekend, which would be a significant step with Opening Day right around the corner. The 25-year-old has seen plenty of at-bats in minor-league games over the past week, but his running and defensive work have remained limited. The Indians have yet to rule out Lindor for Opening Day, but time is running out if he is to gain full clearance in time.
Lindor (calf) is playing in another minor-league game Thursday, but is not yet cleared to run at full speed, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports. Zuppe notes that Lindor has gotten quite good at briskly jogging in the field, and it is encouraging that he is right back out there after participating in a similar game Wednesday.
Lindor (calf) wil play in a controlled minor-league game Wednesday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports. Lindor will receive three at-bats but will only jog to first base if he puts the ball in play. He'll also play what the team is calling "controlled" defense. It's tough to tell exactly what that means, but the fact that he's taking part in something approximating game action 15 days before Opening Day is a positive sign.
Lindor (calf) took batting practice and fielded groundballs Wednesday, but manager Terry Francona noted that the shortstop hasn't been cleared to move laterally while fielding, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. While it's encouraging that Lindor is able to take part in baseball activities in some capacity as he battles the right calf strain, a good portion of his value to the club comes from his speed on the basepaths and range in the infield. With the injury still inhibiting him in both capacities, his return to the Cactus League lineup doesn't appear imminent. The Indians haven't yet closed the door on Lindor being ready for the March 28 season opener versus the Twins.
Lindor (calf) hit in the cages for the first time this spring Friday, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports. Lindor also took grounders and was cleared to go for a light jog. His status for the start of the season remains in question due to a right calf strain he suffered in early February, but the shortstop is trending in the right direction.