Lonnie Chisenhall collided with an outfield wall during a Cactus League game in March, causing him to begin the season on the 10-day DL. Injuries were a factor again in May when he suffered a concussion, and throughout the second half when he dealt with a nagging calf ailment. In sum, Chisenhall played in 82 games for Cleveland last season, with the bulk of that playing time coming on the large side of a platoon as he racked up 210 of his 270 plate appearances against righties despite enjoying success in his limited exposure to southpaws. The per-game output was the best of Chisenhall's career, as he swatted 12 homers and drove in 53 runs while establishing career highs across the board with his slash line (.288/.360/.521). Unless he's entrusted with regular opportunities against lefties, it's difficult to rely on Chisenhall for more than 450 plate appearances, but he'll have an excellent opportunity to provide above-average run production if he remains in Cleveland.
Chisenhall agreed to a one-year, $5,587,500 deal with the Indians on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. Chisenhall appeared in 82 games last season, slashing .288/.360/.521 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI. The outfielder dealt with a rash of injuries in 2017, including a calf ailment, concussion and shoulder issue that all caused him to miss an extended period of time. Looking ahead, he will likely remain in a platoon facing right-handers, but can't be counted on to provide a healthy amount of at-bats.
Chisenhall is out of the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Sunday. Austin Jackson will draw another start in left field while Chisenhall stays on the bench. Since the start of the playoffs, Chisenhall has yet to appear in the starting lineup.
Chisenhall is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Friday. Chisenhall will retreat to the bench in favor of Austin Jackson, who is set to man left field and bat seventh in the order for the second game of the series. During Thursday's contest, Chisenhall went 0-for-1 and was replaced by Jackson in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Chisenhall is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Austin Jackson will start in left field while Chisenhall gets some rest. Chisenhall dealt with a calf injury recently, so the Indians are likely looking to avoid aggravating the injury with the postseason set to begin this week.
Chisenhall is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox. Chisenhall returned to the lineup Thursday after not starting the previous 11 games due to a calf injury, so he will be held out Friday in order to give his leg some time to recover from its first live action in a while. Austin Jackson will man left field for the Indians on Friday.