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Lonnie Chisenhall set to rejoin Indians’ lineup tomorrow

Jul 13, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland Reuters

The All-Star break came at a good time for Lonnie Chisenhall, as the Indians’ rookie third baseman had a chance to recover from a fractured sinus suffered on July 7.

Chisenhall took a Carlos Villanueva pitch to the face and missed the final three games of the first half, but told Nick Camino of WTAM-1100 in Cleveland that he expects to be back in the Indians’ lineup tomorrow night in Baltimore.

There’s a scab on his cheek and Chisenhall’s eye is still red, but he’s damn lucky to have avoided a significantly more serious injury.

Ranked as one of MLB’s top 25 prospects by Baseball America coming into the season, Chisenhall was called up from Triple-A in late June and has gone 8-for-30 (.267) with a homer and three doubles through his first nine games.

  1. Lukehart80 - Jul 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    This is good news. It would have really sucked to lose the team’s big rookie two seasons in a row. I hope there are no ill effects from it.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    I don’t know who that catcher is but he ought to know that it’s not a good idea to bother someone when they’re throwing up.

    • contraryguy - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      The catcher is J. P. Arencibia, who assumes much the same pose every time some says the word ‘potential’ around him.

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