BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting right fielder is likely temporary.
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Chisenhall agrees to $2.75M, 1-year deal with Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving the Cleveland Indians after eight seasons.
The Pirates are in need of help in the outfield while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from surgery on his left shoulder. Polanco is expected to be out until May after dislocating the shoulder during an awkward slide into second base in September.
Chisenhall to miss 8-10 weeks, Tomlin placed on DL
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will be without two of their most experienced playoff performers for an extended period.
Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss 8-10 weeks with a strained left calf muscle, and right-hander Josh Tomlin was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring Tuesday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Melky Cabrera has re-signed with the Cleveland Indians, who need outfield depth and protection while Lonnie Chisenhall and Bradley Zimmer are injured.
Cabrera signed a minor league deal Thursday and was assigned to Triple-A Columbus. He was with the club earlier this season before being designated for assignment last month.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians reached double digits, and then some.
Lindor homered and hit two of the Indians' 11 doubles Sunday as they ended the Oakland Athletics' six-game winning streak with a 15-3 romp.
"It was really good," Lindor said. "Hopefully it'll keep us in the right direction. Guys felt very comfortable today in the box. Hopefully we can carry that approach to tomorrow's game."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a rough debut, Cleveland Indians rookie Shane Bieber has found his routine.
Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Bradley Zimmer to Triple-A Columbus.
Chisenhall strained his right calf chasing a fly ball on April 7 and was placed on the DL the following day. He's batting .235 in seven games. Chisenhall missed six weeks last season with the same injury.
Indians place OF Guyer on DL with neck strain
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians lost another outfielder Wednesday when they placed Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list with a neck strain after he got hurt in a collision with a fan.
The injury occurred Saturday when Guyer went after a foul ball in Houston.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera will report to extended spring training after signing a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday the 33-year-old Cabrera will spend approximately 7-to-10 days at the team's complex in Goodyear, Arizona, before joining a minor league team.
Cleveland Indians announce community-outreach programs
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians will have several community-outreach initiatives this season, matching players and programs.
The programs focus on veterans, hospital patients and families in need:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall is expected to be sidelined for four-to six weeks after straining his right calf, an injury similar to the one that caused him to miss nearly two months last season.
American League Central capsules
Capsules of American League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
2017: 102-60, first place, lost to Yankees in ALDS.
Manager: Terry Francona (sixth season).
He's Here: 1B-DH Yonder Alonso, LF Rajai Davis, RHP Alexi Ogando.
He's Outta Here: 1B Carlos Santana, OF Jay Bruce, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Joe Smith, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan.
Indians reach arbitration deals, set hearing with Bauer
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians settled all their arbitration cases but one. Once again, Trevor Bauer is an exception.
The club avoided arbitration with starter Danny Salazar and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2018 season.
Salazar, who is coming off an inconsistent and injury-slowed 2017, will make $5 million next season. Chisenhall's contract is worth $5,587,500. He's projected to be the starting right fielder for the AL Central champions.
Zach McAllister, Indians agree to $2.45M, 1-year contract
CLEVELAND (AP) — Reliever Zach McAllister and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year contract, a raise from the $1,825,000 he earned last season.
The agreement with the 30-year-old right-hander was reached Thursday, a day before players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.
Girardi takes blame, ‘feels horrible’ for Yanks’ Game 2 loss
NEW YORK (AP) — After a crushing loss, Yankees manager Joe Girardi spent the night pondering his decision not to challenge a critical hit-by-pitch call during a game-changing sixth inning.
"I screwed up."
Girardi took the blame Saturday after his call not to challenge possibly shifted the complexion of New York's 9-8, 13-inning defeat in Game 2 of an AL Division Series against Cleveland.
Headley replaces Ellsbury as Yankees DH against Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a slight tweak to his lineup for the AL Division Series, starting Chase Headley at designated hitter over Jacoby Ellsbury.
Headley has a .278 career average with six RBIs against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer going into Game 1 Thursday night.
"We look at at-bats against the starting pitcher, and his at-bats have been a little bit better than Jacoby's," Girardi said. "That's why we went in this direction."
White Sox LHP Rodon scratched with shoulder stiffness
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon has been scratched from his start against Cleveland with left shoulder stiffness.
Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, missed the first part of the season because of bursitis in his left biceps. The 24-year-old Rodon is 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 starts this year.
He was replaced by veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched one immaculate inning and six more impressive ones.
Carrasco handled Detroit's lineup for the second time in a week — striking out a season-high 11 and pulling off a rare nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning — and Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 11-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians trailed by seven runs and were without manager Terry Francona by the fourth inning Monday night. Coming off a disheartening sweep to a division rival, Cleveland badly need a few runs.
They got them, and then they kept on going.
Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana each had three RBIs to help Cleveland rally and beat the Texas Rangers 15-9 on Monday night after Francona left the game because he wasn't feeling well.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have had the Twins right where they wanted them for this pivotal midseason series.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall hit two home runs for Cleveland in the second game after Jose Ramirez went deep twice in the opener, helping Cleveland take over first place in the AL Central by sweeping a doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins with 9-3 and 6-2 victories on Saturday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall usually senses when Indians manager Terry Francona is going to call on him as a pinch-hitter.
That moment came earlier than normal for Chisenhall on Thursday, and he was ready.
Chisenhall connected for a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning and had five RBIs as Cleveland salvaged the finale of a three-game series by beating Los Angeles 12-5 and stopping the Dodgers' six-game winning streak.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and is being evaluated for a possible head injury.
The Indians announced the change about 30 minutes before their game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Chisenhall was tagged out sliding headfirst at home plate Sunday against Houston. He started Monday, but didn't play Tuesday against the Reds.
HOUSTON (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona enjoys facing the top teams in baseball.
He likes it even more when his team gets the best of one of them.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall had solo shots to help the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis batting at the top of the order seems like a good fit for the Cleveland Indians.
Kipnis, hitting leadoff for the first time this season, was 4 for 5 with two homers and four RBIs, and the Indians woke up from an offensive slumber in an 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall also homered for Cleveland, which had scored one run in 24 innings going into the game.
Indians activate Chisenhall, option Naquin to Triple-A
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have activated outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Tyler Naquin to Triple-A Columbus.
Chisenhall sprained his right shoulder running into a wall during an exhibition game on March 24. He appeared in four minor league rehab games.
Chisenhall batted .286 with eight home runs and 57 RBIs in 126 games for the American League champions last season.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Infielder Yandy Diaz has made Cleveland's opening-day roster after he was expected to start the season in the minor leagues.
Diaz, who batted .325 in 95 games at Triple-A Columbus last season, is considered one of the Indians' top prospects. The 25-year-old had an excellent spring camp and the AL champions have decided he's ready to make the jump.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will be without two starters to begin the season with right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall joining Jason Kipnis on the disabled list.
Chisenhall hurt his right shoulder when he crashed into an outfield wall last week and will not be ready when the AL champions open the season on Monday in Texas.
Kipnis has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation and may not join the Indians until later in April.
OF Austin Jackson makes Indians’ opening-day roster
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Austin Jackson took an opportunity with the Cleveland Indians and ran with it.
Jackson was informed on Sunday that he has made Cleveland's opening-day roster, giving the AL champions some outfield depth in case Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley aren't ready for the start of the season.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be sidelined for three days after spraining his right shoulder when he crashed into a wall.
Chisenhall was examined Saturday, a day after he was hurt chasing a flyball against the Cubs. Manager Terry Francona said the medical staff described the injury as a mild sprain.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall left Friday's spring training game with an injury in the bottom of the second inning.
Chisenhall, playing right field, hit the right field wall while trying to track down a long fly ball off the bat of the Chicago Cubs' Munenori Kawasaki. Chisenhall was shaken up but was able to get to his feet.
Fielding foibles of Chisenhall, Naquin doom Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — Addison Russell lofted a fly ball in the first inning, and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall converged with center fielder Tyler Naquin.
Probably an easy play in a half-filled ballpark on a hot summer night, the 284-foot fly turned into a disorienting disaster for the Cleveland Indians.
Josh Tomlin is just fine waiting another day to make his postseason debut.
Game 3 of Indians-Red Sox ALDS rained out, will play Monday
BOSTON (AP) — Josh Tomlin is just fine waiting another day to make his postseason debut.
The Indians right-hander said he was treating Sunday as a regular off-day after rain washed out Game 3 of Cleveland's AL Division Series against Boston. But instead of building on the success from the 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, he will take the mound after both teams had extra rest.
Price flops again, Red Sox blanked 6-0 by Indians in ALDS
CLEVELAND (AP) — David Price finally walked off the mound to a standing ovation in October.
This wasn't the one he craved, though.
Cleveland's fans derisively cheered Price's exit in the fourth inning as the Indians roughed up the left-hander and beat the Boston Red Sox 6-0 on Friday to take a 2-0 AL Division Series lead.
Kluber, Indians blank Red Sox 6-0, take 2-0 ALDS lead
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber didn't show a speck of rust. Well-rested and ready for the biggest start of his career, he wasn't going to let the Indians lose any momentum.
Carrasco struggles as Indians lose 11-4 to White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco was chased in the fourth inning, Lonnie Chisenhall misplayed two balls in right field and Roberto Perez's passed ball cost Cleveland a run.
It was that kind of night for the Indians.
"That's about as bad of a game as we've played in a while," manager Terry Francona said.