Lindor unlikely to get late-season promotion for Indians

CLEVELAND — With Columbus and Akron being eliminated from their playoff series on Saturday, there was the thought that there might be a couple more players called up with the expanded rosters. However on Sunday, manager Terry Francona indicated that the Indians would stand pat.

The Indians currently have 35 on the Major League roster.

"I think we’ve got a workable number. There were some discussions along the way about things but we hashed it out pretty good where we are comfortable," Francona said. "We probably wouldn’t even had this number if (Mike) Aviles got hurt."

The biggest surprise is that would mean Francisco Lindor’s season is over. The organization’s top prospect got a couple weeks in the Major League clubhouse during Spring Training and the conventional thinking was he would get a couple more weeks in September. However, with the way Jose Ramirez has played there isn’t an immediate need to bring him up. In his past 22 games, Ramirez is batting .326 with eight extra-base hits and nine RBI.

Lindor started the season with Double-A Akron before being promoted to Triple-A Columbus after the All-Star Break. In 126 games, he batted .276 wit he the RubberDucks and Clippers with 11 home runs, 62 RBI and 28 stolen bases.

"He just got sent to Triple-A and is a younger kid. I think Triple-A has been a good challenge for him and the timing of it was good," Francona said. "I don’t know if you need to bring a kid up especially if he’s not going to play."

The Indians have been adamant about not rushing Lindor’s development. He will turn 21 on Nov. 14 and was the youngest player in Triple-A when he got called up. Lindor will start Spring Training in the Major League camp but with Ramirez’s development, it wouldn’t be a shock if Lindor starts next season in Columbus before getting called up.