Francisco Lindor sent another message to the Indians on Thursday night: He's ready to come back to the big leagues.
The Tribe shortstop went 3-for-4 with a home run as his rehab assignment continued for AAA Columbus at Louisville. The three-time All-Star has batted .417 (5-for-12) in three games with the Clippers, including a pair of home runs.
The Indians apparently noticed Frankie's big night as well on Thursday:
Lindor has been out of action since early February when he suffered a right calf strain while preparing for spring training in Orlando. Lindor was making good progress from the strain and looked to be on track to return sooner than the seven-to-nine week estimate.
The 25-year-old Lindor experienced a setback when he suffered an ankle sprain while running the bases in spring training. That injury required a trip to a renowned doctor in Green Bay, Wisconsin before a timetable was set for Lindor’s return.
Last season, Lindor led the Indians with 183 hits and 42 doubles, was tied for third in triples, third in runs batted in and second with 38 home runs. Lindor set a club record for lead-off home runs, as he started nine games with round-trippers in 2018.