In a corresponding move, they also designated veteran slugger Hanley Ramirez for assignment after slashing .184/.298/.327 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games.
Indians manager Terry Francona had nothing but good things to say about the 35-year-old.
"We talked to Hanley yesterday and he was about as professional as you could be. I wanted to make sure people understood this was a baseball decision, " Francona said, according to Mandy Bell of MLB.com. "Hanley was a model citizen for us...I know he wants to keep playing and I hope he does because he handled himself so well.”
Cleveland has been without Lindor since early February when he went down with a right calf strain. He then suffered an acute ankle sprain while rehabbing his original injury in late March.
The three-time All-Star's bat will inject much-needed life into an Indians team that has scored the second-fewest runs per game in the league, according to Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus. Despite the offensive struggles, Cleveland went 11-7 without Lindor and currently sits first in the AL Central.
Lindor, 25, finished sixth in 2018 AL MVP voting after slashing .288/.350/.487 with 38 home runs.