GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Lonnie Chisenhall crashed into the right-field wall at Sloan Park on Friday, it caused a ripple effect for the Indians' Opening Day roster.On Wednesday morning, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Chisenhall will begin the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, giving the outfielder more
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Lonnie Chisenhall crashed into the right-field wall at Sloan Park on Friday, it caused a ripple effect for the Indians' Opening Day roster.
On Wednesday morning, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Chisenhall will begin the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, giving the outfielder more time to rest his ailing right shoulder. As a result, Abraham Almonte was informed that he will break camp with Cleveland to start the year.
"He really is deserving," Francona said of Almonte, who has hit .383 in 18 Cactus League games this spring. "He's done a terrific job."
As things currently stand, Tyler Naquin, Austin Jackson, Brandon Guyer and Almonte will serve as the Tribe's outfielders at the outset of the season. The Indians are still weighing the availability of left fielder Michael Brantley, who is trying to get ready in time for Monday's season opener in Texas, following a long comeback from right shoulder and biceps injuries.
Brantley was in Wednesday's lineup against the Reds, marking his second game within a stretch of three straight to further evaluate his progress. In the wake of the decisions on Chisenhall and Almonte, Francona also spoke to Brantley on Wednesday morning.
"What I did tell Brant this morning was, 'Don't read anything into this,'" Francona said. "I wanted to make sure that he understood that this isn't, now there's pressure on him. He has to be ready. He's done such a good job. What we really care about is him continuing to be healthy. Whether that's the first day, the third day, the fifth day, if he's healthy, we're all going to be happy."
Francona said that Chisenhall will travel with the team to Texas before heading out on a brief Minor League rehab assignment to get at-bats. His DL stint will be retroactive to Thursday, so Cleveland's hope is that Chisenhall will be ready to be activated prior to the April 11 home opener against the White Sox.
With three road Interleague games coming up against the D-backs (April 7-9), Francona also noted that first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana has been taking fly balls in left and right field. Without a designated hitter available, there is a chance Santana might play outfield in order to keep his bat in the lineup.
"[We just want to] try to keep every option open that there is," Francona said. "There are a lot of unknowns still."
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