CLEVELAND — Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall would like nothing more than to stay healthy and play baseball, so it’s pretty clear he hasn’t been milking a right calf injury that has plagued him for extended periods of time this season and last.
After spending nearly two months on the disabled list, Chisenhall was activated Tuesday, starting for the first time since April 7.
“Yeah, I’ve been touring Northeast Ohio and upstate New York (on a minor league rehab assignment) for the past 10 days, so it’s nice to be back here with the team,” Chisenhall said. “You miss them when you’re gone.”
The calf injury ruined a potentially promising season for Chisenhall last year, sidelining him for nearly the entire second half and rendering him all but useless in the Division Series loss to the Yankees.
At the time of the injury, Chisenhall was batting .305 with a .953 OPS and a team-leading 51 RBIs.
If there’s a silver lining to the recurrence of the calf issue, it’s that it has come early enough for him to recover and, he hopes, contribute the rest of the season.
“It’s tough after you go through it a third time,” said Chisenhall, who was on the verge of returning last season before aggravating the injury during a rehab assignment. “So just err on the side of caution. It took a little longer, but I think we got it right.”
Chisenhall made an immediate impact Tuesday, driving in the first two runs during a 3-2 win over the Brewers with a single in his first at-bat in the second inning.
“It was nice to be in a good situation,” Chisenhall said. “Guys were on base in front of me. (I) always enjoy when guys are on base. We try to be aggressive. Stay up the middle, and it worked out.”
The Indians are off for the second time in four days today, starting a seven-game Central Division road trip with a three-game series against second-place Detroit that begins Friday at 7:10 p.m.
Trevor Bauer (4-4, 2.77 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, while Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.36) starts for the Indians on Saturday at 6:10.
Corey Kluber (9-2, 1.96) goes in the series finale Sunday at 1:10.
The Tigers have yet to name starters for any of the games, but are expected to go with RHP Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.73) on Friday, RHP Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.33) on Saturday and RHP Artie Lewicki (0-1, 3.86).
Cleveland owns a 14-8 record against division opponents, but is just 3-6 on the road.
- Longtime Indians player Carlos Santana entered Wednesday batting .220 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 58 games for the Phillies.
- Longtime reliever Bryan Shaw owned a 2-4 record and 5.46 ERA in 33 appearances (29 1⁄3 innings) for Colorado through Tuesday.
- Outfielder Jay Bruce, who joined the Indians at the trading deadline last year before re-signing with the Mets in the offseason, was batting .229 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 55 games through Tuesday.
Few are clamoring for catcher Francisco Mejia’s promotion to the majors these days. The prized prospect is off to a rough start in his first season on the Triple-A level.
Mejia, 22, entered Wednesday batting .211 with four homers and 22 RBIs, striking out 43 times in 47 games.
- Second baseman Jason Kipnis has produced multihit games in six of his last 11, batting .314 (14-for-44) with two homers, three doubles and four RBIs over the span after going 0-for-3 Wednesday. He entered Wednesday having raised his average 30 points since May 25.
- A good number of Indians players planned on attending
Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night. It marked the 15th time the Indians had a home game on the same day as a Cavaliers home playoff game, with the Tribe going 7-7 and the Cavs posting a 13-1 record in the first 14.
- Recording artist Jack White was in attendance in a dugout suite prior to his concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.