Chisenhall had a great spring training, earning the starting job at third base on opening day. However, Chisenhall never got off to the start he or the Indians were hoping for. He was hitting just .213 when he was finally sent down to Columbus on May 13.
Rather than go down and pout, however, Chisenhall started hitting when he got to Columbus, and he didn't stop until he was recalled by the Indians. Chisenhall hit .390 at Columbus, with six home runs and 26 RBIs.
Manager Terry Francona said the biggest reason Chisenhall was sent down was because the Indians wanted to get him out of the glare of the big-league spotlight. Francona said they wanted Chisenhall to relax at Columbus and get his swing back.
All that seemingly happened, and now Chisenhall is back in Cleveland, and the Indians need him to finally establish himself as a major leaguer. With cleanup hitter Nick Swisher sidelined with a shoulder injury and with some other players struggling offensively, the Indians need Chisenhall to come in and start producing.
Francona said he is hopeful Chisenhall can give the Indians lineup "a jolt." That didn't happen in his first game back Tuesday, when Chisenhall was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Cleveland's 4-3 win over Kansas City. The Indians have scored two runs or fewer in three of their last five games, so their offense could use the boost that could potentially come from Chisenhall.
NEXT: Royals (Luis Mendoza, 2-3, 4.08) at Indians (Justin Masterson, 8-5, 3.52)
C Carlos Santana's second-inning single Tuesday extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a career high. During the streak, Santana is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBIs.
3B Lonnie Chisenhall was recalled from Class AAA Columbus on Tuesday and he was in the lineup batting seventh. Chisenhall started the season on the big-league roster but was only hitting .213 when he was optioned to Columbus on May 13. At Columbus, Chisenhall hit .390 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 105 at-bats.
RHP Matt Langwell was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday in order to make room on the roster for 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, who was recalled from Columbus. In four relief appearances, Langwell had a 2.08 ERA.
RHP Justin Masterson will start Wednesday night vs. Kansas City. In 19 career appearances vs. the Royals, 14 of them starts, Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.03 ERA.
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez only allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday vs. Kansas City, but four walks and two wild pitches led to two runs. Jimenez wasn't involved in the decision, but in his last 10 starts dating to April 29, Jimenez is 5-2 with a 3.04 ERA.
"It seemed like we did everything tonight but lose."—Manager Terry Francona, after the Indians rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Royals 4-3 Monday.
RHP Chris Perez (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27. An MRI performed May 27 revealed just minor tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. Perez was cleared to begin throwing June 5. He made his first minor league rehab appearance June 16 for Class A Lake County, then moved his rehab to Double-A Akron on June 18. If Perez comes through that appearance with no complications, he will be activated off the disabled list on June 19, according to manager Terry Francona.
1B Nick Swisher (sore left shoulder) missed his second consecutive game June 17. Tests on the shoulder showed no structural damage. Swisher was given a cortisone shot June 17.
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (strained right quad) went on the 15-day disabled list June 4. He's expected to be out until late June or early July, manager Terry Francona said June 10. Cabrera is doing his rehab in Cleveland.
RHP Josh Tomlin (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 15. On June 11, Tomlin will throw off the mound in a bullpen session. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season as he continues his rehab.
RHP Zach McAllister (sprained right middle finger) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 3.
C Lou Marson (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 29 and moved to Triple-A Columbus on May 30. His rehab stint was cut short when he experienced more soreness in his shoulder June 12.
RHP Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He made rehab starts for Double-A Akron on May 17 and May 22. His scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on May 27 was scratched due to continued soreness in his elbow. Myers was shut down.
RHP Blake Wood (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 11. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 4, moved to Class A Lake County on May 15, then rejoined Akron on May 18. He started a new rehab assignment June 14 with Lake County, then moved to Akron on June 18.
RHP Frank Herrmann (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 31, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list April 3. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Justin Masterson
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Corey Kluber
RHP Carlos Carrasco
RHP Vinnie Pestano (closer)
RHP Joe Smith
RHP Cody Allen
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Bryan Shaw
LHP Nick Hagadone
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Mike Aviles
3B Mark Reynolds
DH Jason Giambi
INF John McDonald
INF Lonnie Chisenhall
LF Michael Brantley
CF Michael Bourn
RF Drew Stubbs
OF Ryan Raburn