Indians Looking at Injury Quartet for Opening Day

Remember last year when Bradley Zimmer went down with a torn labrum? It is a beast of an injury.  I should know as I tore mine about nine years ago. Post surgery mobility and rehab was no picnic, let me tell you.  It will be something that could hamper his career, however, it is with a ray of hope that the Akron Beacon Journal recently reported that Zimmer is progressing well.  While we won’t see the 6’5″ outfielder on Opening Day, we may not have to wait long to get the tall bat back in the lineup. Thank the baseball Gods that the rest of the roster is healthy, right?

Um, hold that thought.  In early February came the announcement that Francisco Lindor strained his right calf and would not be a part of the starting roster to kick off the 2019 season. No, it wasn’t earth-shattering, but the fact we are losing our best player for Opening Day is a bit of a downer. The injury is said to sideline the all-star shortstop for roughly seven to nine weeks. Yes, we are counting the days until his return.

Then news came more recently regarding Cleveland veteran Jason Kipnis, who, you guessed it, strained his right calf.  If injuries were trendy, apparently right calf strains would be the latest rage.  Fortunately, and I use that word loosely here, Kip’s injury is not as severe a strain as Lindor’s. With that being said, he will need to be re-evaluated at the end of this week. With any luck, he won’t miss more than a few games to start the season off. In the interim, the Indians have signed infielder Brad Miller to hold down the fort while Lindor and Kipnis are on the mend.

Okay, everybody good?

Everybody else alright?

After today, that’s a big ‘no’.

During Sunday’s contest against the White Sox, Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez fouled off a pitch on the inside of his left leg.  Ramirez had to be carted off the field and many are speculating a knee injury.  The unintended ricochet looked to be just below the knee, but we will await the story the MRI/X-ray tells (X-Rays Negative).  I think, at this point, Terry Francona needs to tell the rest of his team to live inside of a bubble until March 28 arrives. Let’s hope the injury bug has concluded its residency with this team.

Fingers crossed.

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