In one tweet, the Cleveland Indians made one unsurprising and one semi-surprising move earlier this morning:
Roster move today:— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 13, 2017
Lonnie Chisenhall has been activated from the 10-day DL.
Tyler Naquin optioned to Columbus. pic.twitter.com/VAwWQhB4VR
There were rumors that Chisenhall would be active for the home opener this past Tuesday, but his inevitable return was delayed for a couple of days. But he was coming back this week at some point, and that point seems to be today. He will return just in time to be in the lineup tonight against RHP Miguel Gonzalez, and for good reason. Last season v. RHP, Chisentray slashed .295/.332/.451; he will resume his role as the second half of the two-headed ChisenGuyer monster that roams right field for the Cleveland Indians.
In order to make room for Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin is being optioned back to Columbus for the time being. Naquin has struggled at the plate so far this season, batting only .235/.278/.294. With the outfield crowded with Michael Brantley, Austin Jackson, Brandon Guyer, Abraham Almonte, Carlos Santana (does he count? Probably not but oh well) and now Lonnie Chisenhall, Naquin finds himself the odd man out. It was possible that Almonte would have been sent down at this point, but he has been much better at the plate than Naquin this season and he plays better defense in center field. Additionally, Naquin has an option to burn.