Indians' Chisenhall (calf) seeks second opinion

Reuters

Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall is seeking a second opinion on his most recent calf injury as he prepares for a lengthy absence, manager Terry Francona told reporters Saturday.

Chisenhall will meet 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. "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 was placed on the 10-day disabled list last week with a left calf strain. 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.

Francona said part of the goal is to find out what's causing the recurring calf issues.

"We're trying to gather as much information as we can, because something's going on there," Francona said. "Is he predisposed? They've even talked about (having a specialist assess) the way a guy runs. They're trying to take advantage of the downtime to see if they can help for his future."

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.

--Field Level Media

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