It's been a long road back for Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, and Sunday he took another big step by stroking the first walk-off hit of his major league career.
Chisehnall's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Indians to a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Chisenhall spent two months on the disabled list earlier this season with a broken right forearm. He was hurt when he got hit by a pitch. The injury necessitated surgery, which necessitated an even longer recovery time for the 23-year-old left-handed hitter.
He was placed on the disabled list June 30, and there was some question about whether he could beat the clock and return before the end of the season. Chisenhall made it, as he was activated Sept. 9.
Although the Indians are out of the race, these are important games and valuable at-bats for Chisenhall, who will also play winter ball in order to pick up the playing time he lost this year due to his injury. Chisenhall is still seen as the Indians' probably third baseman of the future, but he remains a work in progress.
He began the season at Class AAA Columbus, and in 111 at-bats there, he hit .324 with four home runs and 17 RBI. He was recalled by the Indians, and in 24 games prior to his injury, he hit .278 with three homers and nine RBI.
Since being activated off the disabled list, Chisenhall is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with one home run and three RBI. Manager Manny Acta has tried to ease him back into action by playing him every other day, but it's possible Chisenhall could return to everyday duty before the end of the season.