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By: T.J. Zuppe
In what originally looked like an unfortunate case in which Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall might not see action for the rest of the 2012 season, a September return is looking more and more optimistic for the Tribe’s young infielder.
Originally injured on a hit-by-pitch to his forearm in June, the highly-touted prospect received the prognosis of a broken ulna in his right arm. The time-table estimated that Chisenhall may be forced out of action for the rest of the campaign.
However, the Indians have been pleased with the progress of Chisenhall’s recovery and it appears he is on track to get a few at bats late this season.
On Tuesday, Chisenhall took some ground balls in the infield, ran the bases and took batting practice with the rest of his teammates, in the next stage of his rehabilitation.
Manager Manny Acta, also encouraged by Chisenhall’s progress said that his young third-baseman still will need a few more rounds of batting practice before moving to the next step in his rehab. That step, according to Acta, will likely be some at bats in Akron with the Class-AA Aeros.
If all progresses well, expect Chisenhall to return for some playing time late in the season. On the year in limited action, he is batting .278 with three home runs and nine driven in.
Certainly, it would benefit the development of the 23-year old slugger to get back in the lineup before the campaign draws to an end.
Acta had previously stated they had discussed the possibility of Chisenhall playing winter ball, something else they believe would help accelerate his development considering the valuable playing time he has missed this season.
Not Everyday You Say?
Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has been dealing with some bumps and bruises according to his manager and as a result was inserted into the Tribe’s lineup as the designated hitter on Tuesday night against the A’s.
Acta indicated he feels with the rosters expanding in September, they will likely look for additional ways to give Cabrera a day off as he continues to mend. The skipper does not anticipate he will use his shortstop on an everyday basis down the stretch.
Cabrera faced the same issues last season, fading offensively in the second half - though much worse than he has this year.
On the Side
After spraining his right ankle on Monday night, Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez still has some inflammation in his ankle according to Acta. He will throw on the side on Wednesday.
If Hernandez has no issues in his side session, it is likely he will not miss his next start, though Acta would not guarantee that to be the case.
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