Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor back after injuries

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor back after injuries
FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, injured Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, center, smiles as he watches his teammates during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Goodyear, Ariz. Lindor says he’s ready to make his season debut after being injured. Lindor sat out Cleveland’s first 18 games with a sprained ankle he sustained during spring training in Arizona while recovering from an offseason calf injury. He’s expected to be in Cleveland’s lineup this weekend against Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is back after missing the season’s first 18 games.

He was activated from the injured list Saturday before a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. He had been out since spraining an ankle near the end of spring training while recovering from a calf sprain.

To make roster space, slugger Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment.

The Indians went 11-7 without Lindor, a three-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner and leader for the three-time defending AL Central champions.

Lindor cleared his final medical hurdle during a three-game rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus this week. It’s not clear if Lindor will be limited in the early stages of his return.

He set career highs with 38 homers and 92 RBIs last season.

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