Indians call up Chisenhall, option Langwell
June 18, 2013
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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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!