Francisco Mejia's heart still at catcher

Lonnie Chisenhall to see specialist Monday

Kyle Lewandowski
July 07, 2018 - 2:24 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - With the constant shuffling of the outfield and no set lineup in sight, it has been a wonder what has taken so long for Francisco Mejia to get an opportunity at the big league level.

Mejia slashed .455/.476/.717 in June after an uncharacteristic begining to the year in Columbus. Over the past two seasons, he has shown he is ready to take a crack at major league pitching on an everyday basis.

Skipper Terry Francona shed a little light on Mejia in the outfield before Saturday's matchup with Oakland.

"He really wants to be a catcher, and I don't disagree with that," Francona said. "I think we've had moments where his heart isn't in [the outfield] as much as maybe he still views himself as a catcher. We're trying to explain go him that you may be a catcher next year, but you can be a starting right fielder. We're just not there yet. I don't think it's come maybe as fast as we hoped."

That tells you the door isn't completely shut on Mejia in the outfield at some point in the near future. The 22-year-old top prospect has a decision to make: better hone his skills behind the plate for an opportunity to burst onto the club next year, or attempt to fast track his way to the bigs by further developing in the outfield in the coming weeks. Either way, it seems as though the team has left that decision up to Mejia.

Francona also gave an update of what he could to the Lonnie Chisenhall situation noting that he will get a second opinion from a lower leg specialist in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

"If he gets another opinion that maybe is more positive, just, we don't see anything it could hurt," Francona said. "Getting more information, we think, is good."

Francona was asked if his 'significant time' statement on Friday potentially meant a season-ending injury.

"I didn't mean that," Francona said. "But significant time, you know, is significant time, it's more than a couple weeks."