Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has endured a difficult month of June. On a slide into third base on June 9, Chisenhall suffered from whiplash and missed nine games after experiencing symptoms of a concussion. When he went on the disabled list, Chisenhall was hitting just 8-for-43 (.186) in 11 games in June.
Chisenhall, 22, returned to the lineup for Triple-A Columbus yesterday and looked none the worse for wear. He went 4-for-6 with six RBI and finished a double short of the cycle. The game was Chisenhall’s best of the year, raising his season batting line to .261/.349/.420.
Chisenhall told the Columbus Dispatch he used the time on the DL to work on his swing. "I wasn’t hitting well when I went on the DL," he said. "I've been doing some tinkering in the (batting) cage. So to come off the DL and to have my swing feel that good and to feel good defensively is a definite plus."
With Cleveland's offense scuffling, Chisenhall’s return couldn’t come at a better time. But before he worries about a promotion, Chisenhall just wants to find some consistency. "You know, it feels like one week I figure it out," he said. "And the next two weeks, I can’t figure it out."
AROUND THE MINORS
• The Phillies impressive collection of righthanders at high Class A Clearwater has taken turns impressing all season. Four of the five rotation members threw scoreless innings in the Florida State League’s all-star game Saturday. But yesterday it was all about Trevor May. He threw seven one-hit innings, striking out a career-high 14 batters. May, 21, reportedly threw his fastball between 90-95 mph, touching 94 a couple times in the seventh inning.
• Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks had a rough April for the second year in a row, but he has once again turned his season around. Hicks, 21, went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple yesterday for high Class A Fort Myers, raising his season line to .274/.384/.409, a marked improvement from April, when he hit .211/.303/.289. Wednesday was his fourth straight game with a double.
• Red Sox righthander Alex Wilson baffled the Double-A Trenton lineup in 5 2/3 shutout innings for Portland last night. Wilson struck out eight batters, tying his career high. His second attempt at Double-A has gone much better this year, as he improved to 6-4, 2.92. In 16 starts at Portland last year, Wilson ran up a dreadful 6.66 ERA.
• Blue Jays left fielder Eric Thames returned to Triple-A Las Vegas at the start of June after a 13-game stint in the big leagues. Since getting back to the minors, Thames, 24, has continued to hit. He went 4-for-6 with two RBIs yesterday, his second four-hit game of the year. He also added an assist, throwing out a runner at second base.
• Since being promoted to Double-A Richmond last week, Giants third baseman Chris Dominguez has struggled to make the adjustment after leaving the hitter-friendly California League. But yesterday, Dominguez, 24, put together his first multi-hit game since the promotion. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Dominguez is just 5-for-22 (.227) so far at Double-A, but all five of his hits have gone for extra bases.