For the second time this season, Lonnie Chisenhall’s calves have taken him out of action.
The Cleveland Indians announced prior to their game with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night that the 29-year-old free-agent-to-be was returned to the 10-day disabled list after suffering a left calf strain prior to Monday’s series opener from Kauffman Stadium.
Chisenhall had been back with the club for four weeks before his most recent setback. He spent nearly two months of the season on the shelf while dealing with a right calf strain, only to suffer a left calf strain warming up prior to Monday’s game with the Royals.
When healthy, Chisenhall has been one of the top hitters on the Indians roster. In 29 games this season, he has put up a .321/.394/.452 slash line with six doubles, a triple, one home run, and nine runs batted in. His batting average is the best among all position players on the roster this year. His season numbers include a .343/.397/.493 line in his 22 games (18 starts) since returning from his most recent stint on the DL.
The big problem for the Indians is that Chisenhall has not been able to stay healthy long enough to man right field with any sort of consistency while providing at the plate with the stick. Even since his return, he has sat out of contests while dealing with soreness in both calves.
For Allen, he earned a third return trip to Cleveland after spending the last two weeks with the Columbus Clippers. He had gotten extensive playing time through much of May and June when injuries knocked Chisenhall, Brandon Guyer, Tyler Naquin, and Bradley Zimmer out of the lineup with disabled list time, but he slumped at the plate right as those players were rejoining the club, making him an option candidate.
Since returning to Triple-A play, he has been on a tear, hitting in 13 of his 14 games back. He hit in each of his first four games with the Clippers, and after a hitless pinch-hit appearance on June 23, he has hit safely in each of his last nine games, including five different multi-hit efforts and a perfect 5-for-5 day on June 29. In his 14 games back, he has hit .411 with a .459 on-base percentage with 23 hits (three doubles and a homer) and seven RBI.
In 34 games with the parent Indians this season, the 25-year-old Allen has hit .204 with a .248 on-base percentage with three doubles, two triples, one homer, three RBI, and four stolen bases.
Allen will get an opportunity to man center and right fields with some regularity while working with Rajai Davis, Guyer, and Naquin in the two-position platoon.
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