CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – CHISENHALL GETS A BREAK: Indians manager Terry Francona said that he wanted starting 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to get a two-day break to take some of the pressure off when he’s at the plate.
“After the game Sunday we told him we wanted to take two games with (batting coach) Ty (Van Burkleo) and hit until his hearts content, without the game hanging over him,” Francona said.
On the season Chisenhall is hitting just .231 with three homers and 11 RBI in 21 games, but has struck out 19 times in 78 at-bats.
HOME RUN DERBY: The Indians enter action on Tuesday leading the Majors with 44 homers, led by Mark Reynolds who leads the team with 10 homers, most in the American League.
A number of questions about the team ability to hit homers was asked in the media session with Francona on Tuesday.
“I think you guys are getting a little carried away with the homers more than we are,” Francona said. “What we care about is scoring runs and winning, however we do it.
“If guys take enough good swings, some of those balls are going to go out with guys that are big and strong.”
In comparison to the Indians, the A’s lineup on Tuesday night has just 20 combined homers, led by Yoenis Cespedes with six.
BOURN’S REHAB: Indians CF Michael Bourn (right index finger laceration) will finally start his rehab assignment with AAA Columbus tonight and play in one game of the Clippers doublheader vs. Charlotte.
Bourn was set to play in the game for Columbus last night, but was rained out. The doubleheader consists of two 7-inning contests beginning at 5:05 PM.
Bourn was placed on the 15-Day DL on April 17 (retroactive to April 15). He was hitting .333 (15-45) in 10 games before suffering the injury sliding into first on April 14 with 4 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, 2 RBI and a stolen base.
MOVES: The Indians announced earlier today that OF Ezequiel Carrera had cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA Columbus. Carrera came back to the team last Thursday after he was let go by the Phillies on Tuesday.
Carrera played in the win vs the Twins Saturday, but was DFA’d on Sunday to make room for Scott Barnes, but is help to give the pen some help while Vinnie Pestano is on the DL.
The team also announced that 1B Mike McDade, who was claimed by the Indians this offseason from the Jays organization, was claimed by the White Sox.
BIG WEEK FOR LINDOR PAYS OFF: The Indians today announced Single-A Carolina INF Francisco Lindor has been named Indians Minor League Player of the Week, April 29-May 5.
The 19-year-old hit .500 (13-26) over the span of 7 games and led all Carolina League players with a 1.321 OPS. He belted his first home run of the season in Game Two of a doubleheader at Potomac on April 30, and throughout the week, added 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored.
On May 3 vs. Frederick, Lindor earned his first-career 4-hit performance, including his team-leading 4th triple. He is currently riding a 6-game hit streak and has reached base safely in 14 straight games via walk or hit dating back to April 21.
Through 29 games this season, Lindor is batting .366 (4-112), which is second-best in the Carolina League and tops among all Indians farmhands.