I speculated about him this morning in the weekend recap, but the Indians have decided not to wait any longer to see if the struggling Lonnie Chisenhall would come around.
With the need for a long reliever during this doubleheader day, the Tribe’s third baseman of the present and the future was sent down to AAA Columbus this morning. Left-hander David Huff was promoted and added to the 40-man roster, which sat at 39. Huff offers protection with a team playing three games in two days.
As for Chisenhall, his .213/.253/.351/3 HR/11 RBIs was not cutting it and with the Indians train rolling along, they are in a win now mode. Yesterday’s mistakes on the basepaths and defensively didn;t help his case. Their best lineup right now would feature Mark Reynolds at third base with Mike Aviles as his backup. It wouldn’t shock me to see the two sharing the position with Reynolds and Jason Giambi getting the DH at-bats.
The doubleheader with the Yankees starts at 12:05. Reynolds is in the lineup at third base.