Chisenhall optioned to Columbus, Huff added to roster
May 13, 2013
On Monday morning the Cleveland Indians announced that they have optioned struggling third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A Columbus and replaced him on the 25-man roster with left-handed pitcherDavid Huff.
Chisenhall, 24, was hitting just .213 with three homers, 11 RBI and .604 OPS in 26 games with the Indians this season. He had just three walks compared to 26 strikeouts in 99 at bats, and he has struggled defensively with just a .931 fielding percentage.
The move will likely push infielder Mike Aviles into a more regular role at third base in the short term, but Mark Reynolds should also see a lot more time there as well. It will also allow Chisenhall to go back to Columbus and catch his breath and hopefully get things turned around so he can come back up later in the year and be the player that the Indians think he can be.
Huff, 28, is making his season debut on the major league roster. He was with Triple-A Columbus all season where in nine appearances, mostly out of the bullpen, he is 3-1 with a 4.07 ERA. In 24.1 innings he has allowed 21 hits, 4 home runs, 9 walks, and has 28 strikeouts.
Huff will provide the Indians with a true long man option out of the bullpen in the short term, and if he pitches well could find a more permanent home in the Indians bullpen in such a role. He was not on the 40-man roster, so the Indians had to purchase his contract and add it, though no other roster move is needed as the Indians only had 39 players on the 40-man roster.
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So much of hitting is mental, Lonnie seems to be fighting himself. Mental makeup is a huge part of hitting, you need to be OK with going 0-9, it will happen at this level, but it drives some to press and fight themselves. Tony Horton of course is the extreme example of this.