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Indians send Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt LaPorta to minors

Mar 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Lonnie Chisenhall was Cleveland’s starting third baseman down the stretch last season as a rookie and headed into spring training as the presumed Opening Day starter, but today the Indians sent him back to Triple-A while handing the job to veteran Jack Hannahan.

Matt LaPorta was also optioned to Triple-A and unlike Chisenhall his place in the Indians’ long-term plans is now very uncertain. LaPorta was acquired from the Brewers as the centerpiece of the CC Sabathia trade, but the former first-round pick is now 27 years old and has hit just .238 with a .701 OPS in 269 games as a big leaguer.

As a prospect LaPorta looked like a potential middle-of-the-order bat with power and plate discipline, but his stock has fallen so far that the Indians signed Casey Kotchman instead of playing him at first base. Chisenhall struggled this spring, but is probably six good weeks at Triple-A away from being back in Cleveland. LaPorta might need an injury and some big-time production in the minors to return in an expanded role.

  1. drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Putting Chisenhall in the minors is one of those “we don’t want to win now” moves.

    LaPorta? He’s been given a billion chances and all he’s done is suck. Maybe being sent down will wake him up.

  2. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Milwaukee Brewers got the better of that trade 100%

  3. Lukehart80 - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I think it’s time to give Chisenhall the job and see what happens. If the team is going to contend, it needs to maximize its assets, and Lonnie has the higher ceiling. If (more likely) they’re not going to contend, it’s better to have the young players developing. This is disappointing news to me.

  4. pack93z - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Where is all the Brewer criticism now.. here is a key piece of the CC trade.. I am guessing maybe the Brewers did alright here. Brantley hurt giving up.. but hey the power bat in the trade is back in the minors. ;)

    Lets see how Lawrie does in the bigs over the course of a couple seasons before ripping Melvin a new one.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Wisconsin fans are by far the softest of the North American sporting world.
      Massive homers and complete sooks.

  5. bigtrav425 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    im sick and fn tired of my tribes front office keeping guys down longer then they should be..Lonnie should be the 3rdbaseman bottom line…Jack H is nothing more then a serviceable player.lonnie is our future and present…its time to let him play the whole yr and see what he has.and in all honesty. we are not winning the division or wildcard this yr unless EVERYTHING goes right and we get lucky,so let the damn kid and kids play!!

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