CLEVELAND -- Lonnie Chisenhall might not be done for the season, but the Indians know that the outfielder's latest calf injury is going to cost him a significant amount of time on the shelf. Under the circumstances, Cleveland's medical staff has encouraged Chisenhall to seek multiple opinions on his condition.Prior
CLEVELAND -- Lonnie Chisenhall might not be done for the season, but the Indians know that the outfielder's latest calf injury is going to cost him a significant amount of time on the shelf. Under the circumstances, Cleveland's medical staff has encouraged Chisenhall to seek multiple opinions on his condition.
Prior to Saturday's game against the A's, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Chisenhall is scheduled to meet with Dr. Wiemi Douoguih in Washington, D.C., on Monday to gather more information on the injury. Douoguih specializes in lower-half injuries and serves as the director of sports medicine for MedStar Washington Hospital Center's department of orthopedic surgery.
"Our guys kind of encouraged Lonnie to actually go do it," Francona said, "because he's going to miss significant time. 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 is currently on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left calf, and the outfielder has had multiple previous stints on the DL this season and last year due to similar problems with his right calf. Over the past two seasons, the recurring leg injuries have limited Chisenhall to 111 games, in which he's hit .297 with an .872 OPS for Cleveland.
"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 him see a gait specialist to analyze] the way a guy runs. They're trying to take advantage of the downtime to see if they can help for his future."
Mejia outfield transition ongoing
Heading into Saturday's action, Francisco Mejia appeared in right field in four of the six games he logged in July for Triple-A Columbus. The Indians are continuing to work with the highly touted catching prospect on fully embracing a move to the outfield to potentially hasten his path to the Major Leagues.
"He really wants to be a catcher. I don't disagree with that," Francona said. "But, I think we've had moments where his heart isn't in it as much as maybe [it could be]. He still views himself as a catcher. And we're trying to explain to him that, 'Man, you may be a catcher next year, but you could be a starting right fielder.'
"So, we're just not there, yet. I mean, I understand. It's just, I don't think it's kind of come as maybe as fast as we hoped."
Cleveland is content with its big league catching duo of Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez, leaving no room in the inn right now for Mejia, who is ranked as the Tribe's No. 1 prospect and the top catching prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline. The 22-year-old Mejia, who is headed to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the third straight year, has hit .398 (1.040 OPS) in 30 games at Triple-A, dating back to June 1.
• Jason Kipnis was lifted from Friday's 10-4 win in the sixth inning due to hamstring tightness, but the issue was not deemed serious, and the second baseman was back in the lineup Saturday. Said Francona: "He woke up this morning feeling good. I just wanted to make sure we don't do something [irresponsible], because once you go too far, you can't go back."
• Lefty Tyler Olson (10-day DL, left lat strain) struck out two batters in an 11-pitch Minor League rehab appearance for Columbus on Friday. Olson was scheduled to pitch again for the Clippers on Saturday for his third rehab outing.
• Lefty Andrew Miller (10-day DL, right knee) was scheduled to throw off the mound again on Saturday, but there remains no established timetable for his return.
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