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Indians call up Chisenhall, option Langwell

Indians call up Chisenhall, option Langwell
June 18, 2013
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Today the Cleveland Indians have recalled third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell to Columbus. 

Chisenhall, 24, has been with Columbus since May 13th where he hit .390 (41-for-105) with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 26 RBI in 27 games for the Clippers (.455/.676/1.132).  Since May 29th he has hit .467 (28-for-60) with 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR & 16 RBI in 16 games and hit .367 (18-for-49) with runners on base overall for Columbus.  He hit in 16-straight games from May 17-June 7.  He opened the season with Cleveland and hit .213 (20-for-94) with 4 2B, 3 HR & 11 RBI in 26 games before being optioned to Columbus on May 13th.

Langwell returns to Columbus after appearing in four games (2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3H, 1R/ER) in his first big league stint. He had not been used since June 8th and with the Indians short on position players and the starting pitching performing so well, the Indians felt it was no longer necessary to carry eight relievers.

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User Comments

Shawn
June 22, 2013 - 12:01 AM EDT
Lonnie was overhyped.
Joseph Chengery
June 19, 2013 - 1:08 AM EDT
Agree about Perez- his days in Cleveland are getting fewer.

My concern- who becomes the new closer? Pestano still looks very shaky (really has since late last year), and part of it is due to decreased velocity. I hate to say this, but it reminds me of Jensen Lewis. Truth be told, I'd be more comfortable with Joe Smith in the closer's role - he hasn't been quite the lockdown guy from last year, but certainly better than Pestano and Perez. I know teams will send up LHBs against him, but I'd still feel more comfortable with him than either Pestano or Perez at this point. Long-term, I'd try to groom either Allen and/or Hagadone as the long-term closer, at least as a fallback option in the event that Pestano doesn't regain his velocity and command. By now, you'd think he would be doing better in both departments- in my opinion, he isn't.

One more note: Santana has allowed 29 of the 38 wild pitches the Indians have given up this year (the 38 leads the AL)- is Santana really our future catcher, or is he the long-term answer at 1B and Gomes is our long-term answer at C? It would take away Gomes' versatility, potentially, but could strengthen 1B long-term, since I don't know how long you want to keep Reynolds, and I don't know if Aguilar or Chen would hit enough to be ML 1B regulars.

Just some thoughts- keep up the great work! Go Tribe!
Tony
June 19, 2013 - 12:44 AM EDT
Have to agree with Rob. Perez is working his way to a non-tender this offseason. No way the Indians can pay him $8M+ in 2014. None.
Rob
June 18, 2013 - 8:45 PM EDT
Perez did his thing ib Akron tonight. 1 inning 5 hits, 5 runs, 3 bombs, hit a guy and only escaped because of a base running blunder. Guess guys at AA can hit 91 center cut as well. Why front office didn't trade this turbo hoosier in the offseason is a mystery. Gonna be a non-tender this winter.
shy
June 18, 2013 - 8:24 PM EDT
Albers and Shaw are mediocre and were deemed to have no value w the Dbacks that's why they were thrown in to the Bauer deal. Another quality start from Wilbaldo today, 83 pitches thru 4 innings including mindless walks and wild pitches. Between Santana' catching ability and Wildbaldo's pitching ability I would say the Indians are the laughing stock of the MLB when they're out there. Honestly, I can't think of a single other combo in Houston or anywhere else. that looks so ludicrous. If they didn't have guaranteed contracts, if they had to play well- to perform in a game and collect a paycheck for it- they would riding pine in the Mexican League. I'm sick of watching this crap.
Adam
June 18, 2013 - 6:44 PM EDT
Yes, it was on Santana to block the ball, but it was still a bad pitch. Albers was not trying to put that ball in the dirt with a runner on third base. Santana must expect it to be in the dirt, but it's still on Albers to make a quality pitch there, and that wasn't a quality pitch. Tejada didn't swing at the last breaking ball in the dirt, why would he swing at that one?
nubballguy
June 18, 2013 - 5:20 PM EDT
It was the right pitch by Albers last night. Santana had to anticipate that pitch in the dirt after he called for it and block it. That was on Santana. Albers may not be a long term part of the bullpen after next year but he is a useful piece currently. And Langwell showed himself as a useful piece as well as bullpen depth for this season. He'll get other opportunities before the season is out based on his recent stint. And he gets regular work until then rather than buried deep on the big league pen. Smart roster management in my opinion. Also, Carrasco pitched a masterful performance last night, but his manager rightly wanted to limit his pitches based on his lack of activity coming off suspension. Sometimes you have to look big picture. Again, the right, if not difficult, decision in that case. Lastly, you can hate on the FO if you want, but not for the reasons you list here. I do agree with you comment that winners find ways to win and losers find ways to lose. Last night the Indians found a way to lose and that sucks.

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shy
June 18, 2013 - 5:03 PM EDT
I keep Langwell and let Albers go. Langwell doesn't bounce the pitch last night that went thru Santana's legs and cost the game against your closest division rival. If you're gonna lose, you wanna go guns blazin', not that way. Albers will be somewhere else next year, he's a journeyman check-casher. Here Antonetti goes again worrying about contract situations rather than what's the best team to put on the field. If I were Francona I go to Langwell regardless of the business considerations. For that matter I wouldn't have yanked Carrasco out of a shutout esp with a fairly low pitch count and when your pen guys are what they are. Winners find ways to win, losers find ways to lose. Nothing new in Cleveland.

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