The Cleveland Indians will begin the second half of the season without the team leader in runs batted in, as the team announced that right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been placed on the 10-day disabled list. Chisenhall left Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers in the fourth inning after hitting into a double play, and he was diagnosed with a strained right calf.
To account for Chisenhall being placed on the disabled list, the Indians have recalled Tyler Naquin from Triple-A Columbus.
On the season Chisenhall’s hitting .305 with 12 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .953 OPS. After hitting just .224 in the month of May Chisenhall got back on track in June, hitting .373 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. In nine games this month, Chisenhall hit .286 with two home runs and eight runs batted in. Chisenhall also has more walks (six) than strikeouts (five) in July. In his most recent full game Chisenhall was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Cleveland’s 4-0 win over Detroit on July 8.
After appearing in 116 games with the Indians last season, Naquin’s played in just six games this season. Naquin, who hit .296 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs in 2016, missed more than a month at Columbus earlier this season due to a back injury. Playing in just 35 games for the Clippers, Naquin’s hit .309 with five home runs, 16 RBIs and a .868 OPS. Naquin’s been with Columbus since mid June, most recently going 0-for-4 in a game against Norfolk on July 9.
A solid contributor during Cleveland’s run to the World Series last season, Naquin gets another opportunity with the club as a result of Chisenhall’s injury.