Chisenhall Activated, Cowgill Optioned to Columbus

The Cleveland Indians announced Wednesday afternoon that the team has activated right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall from the 15-day disabled list, as expected.

In order to make room on the roster for Chisenhall, the Indians answered the unknown portion of that transaction by optioning outfielder Collin Cowgill to Triple-A Columbus.

Chisenhall played in seven games during his rehab assignment, split between the Columbus Clippers and the Akron RubberDucks, after being limited to just ten games during spring training while dealing with a right forearm issue and, later, a left wrist impingement.

During his time in the minors this month, he had two hits in 23 at bats (.087) and had driven in four runs while walking four times. He played in three games in Columbus, going 0-for-8 with two walks and three strikeouts, before going 2-for-15 with Akron with two walks and two strikeouts.

Chisenhall also surprised many by making two starts in center field to conclude his rehab assignment with Akron, a position he had yet to play professionally. It is thought that the move just grants the Indians and manager Terry Francona a little bit more flexibility on the roster and later in games with replacements and pinch-hitting opportunities.

Rajai Davis and Tyler Naquin both can man center field, as could Michael Brantley when he returns from his rehab assignment, possibly in the coming week.

Cowgill was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in December in a cash exchange. He struggled mightily during the first half of spring training, but came on late in Goodyear with hits in eight of his last eleven games after getting just two hits over his first 14 games of action.

The 29-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder was off to a rough start in limited action in the Indians lineup. He appeared in nine games, but made only four starts. He was hitting .083 (1-for-12) with a single, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He played in eight games in right field and appeared once as a pinch-runner without taking the field afterwards.

The Indians will need to make another move soon when Brantley returns from the disabled list. It could come again from the outfield depth, or it could reduce the bullpen depth to seven relievers to let the team carry five regular outfielders.

Photo: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

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