Naquin recalled while Chisenhall on bereavement list

May 13th, 2016

CLEVELAND -- The Indians expected to see rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin back in the big leagues at some point this season, but not under these circumstances.

Prior to Friday's game against the Twins, Cleveland recalled Naquin from Triple-A Columbus after placing outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Major League Baseball's bereavement list. Chisenhall, who had a death in his family, is permitted to be away from the team for three to seven days.

"You try to balance certainly being supportive, but also being respectful," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "The plan is he'll be back Sunday afternoon, but we also told him to do what you need to do."

With Chisenhall temporarily out of the mix, Cleveland was in need of an extra hand for the outfield. Naquin, who was on the Indians' Opening Day roster after a strong showing in spring, provides an option for center field behind veteran Rajai Davis. Chisenhall is a regular in right field, but he has also been used of late as a backup for center.

"The main focus is Lonnie, his situation," Naquin said. "That's bigger than anything and being a part of anything. Prayers go out to him, obviously. But, just being back, it's always fun to be up here."

In 22 games for the Tribe prior to being optioned to Triple-A on Saturday, the 25-year-old Naquin hit .315 with four extra-base hits and a .753 OPS. The center fielder appeared in five games for Columbus, posting a .318 (7-for-22) average in his brief stint back in the Minors. Naquin also logged some time in right field at Triple-A in case Cleveland wants to use him at that position.

Chisenhall, 27, has hit .255 with three extra-base hits, three RBIs and a .630 OPS in 17 games since being activated from the 15-day disabled list, following a bout with left wrist and forearm issues in Spring Training. In eight games before being placed on the bereavement list, Chisenhall hit .308 with a .725 OPS in 29 plate appearances.