Spring Training Notes 3/3: Francisco Lindor to play shortstop at World Baseball Classic

Less than one week separates Francisco Lindor from his WBC debut with Puerto Rico. Alongside his teammates Roberto Perez and Joseph Colon, the Cleveland Indians' shortstop will oppose some familiar faces in Andrew Miller, Carlos Santana, Giovanny Urshela and more.

With a logjam of talented shortstops on their roster, team Puerto Rico was faced with a difficult choice to make in advance of their first game at the World Baseball Classic next week.

Between Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Javier Baez, manager Edwin Rodriguez might as well draw straws to see which prodigy patrols his infield.

After having a conversation with Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona, Rodriguez tabbed Lindor as the shortstop with occasional duties as a designated hitter mixed in.

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- On numerous occasions, Francona has expressed anxiety for his players participating in the WBC, and his eager anticipation for their return in late March. This certainly applies to Lindor, a 2016 All-Star selection and the reigning Rawlings AL Platinum Glove award winner.

"It was a strong request," said Francona to reporters about his wish to have Lindor stay in the position he is most comfortable with. "Edwin (Rodriguez) handles things really well. He'll handle it."

- A mild right hamstring injury delayed Brandon Guyer's 2017 Cactus League debut by a few weeks as he is reportedly slated to start on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. Francona will ease Guyer into his defensive duties by starting him off in the designated hitter role.

- Yan Gomes will tend to the birth of his second child on Monday, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. The Tribe backstop resides in Knoxville, TN and should return later next week.

- The status of Michael Brantley continues to trend in the right direction after he took a second session of on-field batting practice on Friday. No setbacks or aggravations to Brantley's right shoulder have come about.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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