Earlier today, the Cleveland Indians announced that outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been placed on the bereavement list and Tyer Naquin has been recalled to take his place on the 25-man roster. Naquin will start tonight on the bench when the Tribe face the Minnesota Twins.
While addressing the media before tonight's game, manager Terry Francona stated that Chisenhall could potentially return by Sunday, but the Indians have told him to take as much time as needs. Francona also confirmed that the reason for Lonnie's departure is because of a death in the family, but at this time that is all we know.
Chisenhall has slashed .255/.296/.333 since returning to the Indians following a neck injury in spring training. Tyler Naquin opened the season with the Indians but was sent down after 22 games to make room for pitcher Cody Anderson. In his first stint with the Indians, Naquin tallied 17 hits, but struck out 19 times and walked only once.
A lot of fans may want to see Naquin in the majors again, but none should want to see it happen like this. Chisenhall will likely miss the next three to seven days, and we wish him and his family the best as they work through this difficult time.