Indians' Chisenhall out 8-10 weeks; Tomlin to DL

Reuters

Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 3 left calf strain, the team revealed Tuesday.

Additionally, the Indians placed relief pitcher Josh Tomlin on the disabled list because of right hamstring strain.

Chisenhall was placed on the 10-day disabled list last week due to the left calf injury. He missed nearly two months earlier this season with a Grade 2 strain of the same calf, and a seven-week stretch last season with a strain of the right calf.

The Indians outfielder had sought a second opinion over the weekend on his most recent calf injury as he prepared for a lengthy absence, according to manager Terry Francona on Saturday. Chisenhall met with Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, who specializes in lower-body injuries, in Washington.

"Our guys kind of encouraged Lonnie to actually go do it, because he's going to miss significant time," Francona said over the weekend. "And, if he gets another opinion that maybe is more positive, I don't know, we don't see anything it could hurt. Getting more information, we think, is good. And I kind of commend our medical people for feeling that way."

Chisenhall, 29, has played in just 111 games since the start of 2017 due to the injuries. Through 29 games this season, he's batting .321 -- well above his career high of .288 over a full season, set in 2017 -- with one homer and nine RBIs.

He has a career average of .268 with 64 home runs and 296 RBIs in 688 games over eight seasons with the Indians.

Tomlin, 33, has labored through the roughest season of his career statistically. The nine-year veteran is 0-5 with a career-worst 6.98 ERA in 23 appearances, including six starts. He has given up a team-high 21 home runs in just 49 innings and is headed to the DL for the seventh time in his career.

"I'm kind of kicking myself a little bit because I knew something wasn't right with JT," Francona told reporters. "When we finally corralled him, he kind of owned up that his hammy was bothering him."

Right-hander Adam Plutko was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Tomlin on the roster. Plutko, 26, was 4-2 with a 4.66 ERA in seven games (six starts) for Cleveland earlier this season. He was 5-3 with a 1.94 ERA in 10 starts for Columbus.

--Field Level Media

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