CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians have placed outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on the 10-day disabled list because of a right calf strain, per a release from the club.
“The way that it was described, it’s a mild strain,” Indians manager Terry Francona said pregame on Sunday. “It’s the same area as last year. The way they’ve termed it is four to six weeks they think to return to play here. We’ve seen before that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what it’s going to be. It could be shorter, it could be longer. We’re not going to slow him down, but we need to let it heal. And there’s steps along the way that he’ll have to do.”
As a result, the club has also recalled Tyler Naquin from Triple-A Columbus. Per Francona, Naquin packed up and headed to Columbus yesterday, and then turned back around once he got there. Naquin spent the first week of the season with the team and was their Opening Day starter in left. The team sent him down to Columbus just two days ago, prior to the home opener.
“You know what, he’s going to get a chance to play,” Francona said. “He’s played here before and he’s actually helped us win before, so it’s a nice opportunity for him. And hopefully he can help us win a few games.”
Naquin appeared in five of the Indians’ first six games. During that stint he hit .167 (2-for-12) with one homer and two RBIs.
Chisenhall made three DL trips last year, and also suffered a right calf injury that cost him 45 games. The latest calf injury came during the team’s 1-0 loss to Kansas City yesterday. This is his sixth career DL stint.
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