MINNEAPOLIS — The Indians are trying to benefit from past experiences. In this case, it means taking an extra step of precaution with star shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Lindor, who was already dealing with a strained right calf that put him on the injured list to start the season, sprained his left ankle in an intrasquad game earlier this week in Goodyear, Ariz. The injury was termed to be a mild-to-moderate sprain. His timetable to return is still unclear.

Lindor will be flying to Green Bay to seek a second opinion with Dr. Roberto Anderson on Monday.

Michael Brantley went through something similar in 2017, when he dealt with an ankle issue that eventually required surgery after the American League Division Series, and the Indians are aware of how a minor situation can turn into a larger one. That isn't to say the seriousness of the actual injuries are comparable, but it's the same concept of wanting to be cautious.

"The way it was explained to me is they know what he hurt and where he hurt it and all this," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I guess the challenge is, because they have some experience with Brantley, is that it doesn't hurt that much, but if you re-injure it, it can really set you back. So I think they just feel like having the best look at it made sense. And I commend them for it."

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