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Cleveland Indians recall Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A

Welcome back, Lonnie.

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The Indians have recalled Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus to fill the open spot on the roster created by the Brandon Moss trade. Chisenhall was the Tribe's starting third baseman until being demoted in early June. At that time he was batting just .209/.241/.345, with only 4 home runs and 7 walks in 189 plate appearances. In Columbus since then, Chisenhall has hit ..280/.329/.420. Obviously that's a lot better than his MLB numbers this year, but those numbers aren't much to get excited about either.

Still, in a very hot/cold career with 1,404 plate appearances at the MLB level, Chisenhall has a wRC+ of 98. He was excellent at the plate in the first half of 2014, and even after a poor second half, his line was .280/.343/.427, good for a wRC+ of 121. There's no reason to give up on a player still in his mid 20s. It made sense to send him down and give Giovanny Urshela a chance when that move was made nearly eight weeks ago, and it makes sense to bring him back up and see what happens now.

Speaking of Urshela, after a slow start at the plate, he's started to hit. He's currently riding an 8-game hitting streak, which has included two doubles, a triple, and a home run. He's a strong defender too, all of which is to say, don't look for Chisenhall to get much playing time at the hot corner. Instead, with Moss and David Murphy gone, look for Lonnie to get a few starts in the outfield. Perhaps anticipating these trades, the Indians have had Chisenhall start in right field three times during the last week.

Changing positions isn't easy, even when going to one that is generally easier to play, so I wouldn't expect Lonnie to look great out there. He's a pretty solid athlete though, and has a strong arm, so given some time he might be an okay defensive player out there. Frankly, Moss and Murphy set a very low bar for defensive play this season, so Chisenhall might not even need much time to match what they were doing with their gloves.

Nick Swisher is likely coming back to the Indians in another 7 to 10 days, at which time either Francona lets his bullpen get smaller (which is what he should do), or Lonnie might get pinched. Of course, Ryan Raburn could be gone 24 hours from now too, in which case there would be room for Chisenhall, Swisher, and a 37th relief arm.