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Indians demote starting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to minors

May 13, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Lonnie Chisenhall AP

Lonnie Chisenhall seizes third base job with hot spring.”

That was the headline in the Cleveland Plain Dealer after Lonnie Chisenhall hit .412 in spring training and manager Terry Francona picked him as the Indians’ starting third baseman. But like so many players who had a “hot spring” this year he struggled when the games actually mattered.

And today, after Chisenhall hit just .213 with a .604 OPS in 26 games the Indians demoted him to Triple-A.

Chisenhall is still just 24 years old, but he’s now posted a sub-.700 OPS in 135 games as a big leaguer and perhaps most discouragingly has a hideous 98/19 K/BB ratio. He also hasn’t been much good defensively at third base, committing 20 errors in 108 starts there.

Mark Reynolds and Mike Aviles figure to split time at third base for Cleveland.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Truth is, I don’t care much about Chisenhall but that Cleveland cream colored jersey with Indians in block letters and Chief Wahoo patch on the sleeve it one sweet look.

  2. denny65 - May 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I only wish the Mariners would follow Cleveland’s example and demote shortstop Brendan Ryan to AAA Tacoma. Ryan is currently hitting .122–yes, seriously–and he appears shell-shocked at the plate.

  3. onbucky96 - May 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Matt Gamel thinks this guy needs to produce when on the field.

  4. thomburton612 - May 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Aaron Hicks thought he was producing just fine.

  5. hoopmatch - May 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    This must be one of the chaps who are psyched out by seeing their batting average on scoreboard.

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