Chisenhall to miss 'considerable time' with 'fairly significant' calf issue

Andrew Miller will not return prior to All-Star Break

Alex Hooper
July 06, 2018 - 5:17 pm
Apr 1, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (8) is greeted in the dugout after scoring a run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Relief pitching is no longer the Cleveland Indians’ only need entering Trade Deadline season.

Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss ‘considerable time’ with a ‘fairly significant’ left calf strain, Manager Terry Francona told media members on Friday. The 29-year-old is currently on his third stint on the disabled list in the past calendar year, with the two prior instances being on account of his right calf.

The exact prognosis is far from known at this point.

“I don’t think we know yet – I don’t think anybody knows – but hopefully we’ll have a little more clarification as he sees [team physician Jason Genin] or [head team physician Mark Schickendantz] or the proper doctors,” Francona said.

Chisenhall had been platooning with Brandon Guyer in right field prior to his injury, and Guyer is out of the lineup on Friday after fouling a ball off of his left knee on Tuesday. While the latter’s injury may not be a long-term issue, the platoon situation has not been terribly effective considering the 0.4 combined WAR between the two.

Guyer’s numbers look very poor overall, but his .241/.371/.466 slash is indicative of his advantage still holding water.

Over in left field, Michael Brantley is having another All-Star worthy season, maintaining his health throughout. His injury history may give the Indians more incentive to find a corner outfielder on the trade market, but losing the 31-year-old at this point would create a near-unsolvable issue.

As for the bullpen, the team has just about all the information they may need in regards to their relief woes. They may not have much more available to them as Francona also all but confirmed lefty Andrew Miller will not make a return prior to the All-Star break.

The southpaw threw 31 pitches off of the mound on Thursday, but with the break upcoming, the team will not push Miller to return quickly.

“By [Pitching Coach Carl Willis’s] account, you can really tell the difference that he’s getting a little more sure of himself. For the foreseeable future he’s going to throw some bullpens. We might even get him on the mound just so we can get some information, like Trackman, things like that,” Francona said.

“The good news is that he really is making strides. My goodness, if we can get him back in time to get him on a roll, that’s the biggest goal.”

Meanwhile, lefty Tyler Olson will throw a maximum of 15 pitches at Triple-A Columbus on Friday before another short outing on Saturday. Righty Evan Marshall has resumed playing catch, while righty Nick Goody continues to be shut down and will be re-evaluated in 'two to three days.'