CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall is making the most of his second chance.
The odds were long that Chisenhall would return this season after suffering a broken right forearm when he was hit by a pitch June 29.
But he’s back and swinging a big bat, hitting .300 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in six games since leaving the disabled list. Chisenhall’s bases-loaded single Sunday drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
“I was never doubtful (I would be back this season),” Chisenhall said. “It’s nice to be back in the lineup and swinging the bat well, especially since it was kind of an iffy situation.”
The Indians weren’t expecting to have Chisenhall back. But he progressed well enough to undergo a brief rehab assignment before rejoining the team for the final month of the season.
“It’s a small sample, but he’s swung the bat really well, considering he didn’t have a lengthy rehab after missing so much time,” manager Manny Acta said of Chisenhall, who is batting .283 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 31 games for Cleveland this year. “He deserves a lot of credit. He’s very talented as a hitter and it shows.”
Center fielder Michael Brantley (strained pectoral) started for the first time in three games. He went 0-for-3 but reached base twice on walks.
The Indians are off today, continuing their second-to-last homestand of the year with a three-game series against Minnesota that begins Tuesday night at 7:05.
David Huff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) opens the set, opposing RHP P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.70), while Zach McAllister (5-7, 4.15) goes for Cleveland on Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Liam Hendriks (0-7, 6.14).
Corey Kluber (1-4, 5.48) starts for the Indians in the series finale Thursday (12:05 p.m.), while the Twins counter with RHP Esmerling Vasquez (0-2, 7.53).
Double-A Akron clinched the Eastern League Championship Series with a 6-1 win at Trenton on Saturday — the Aeros’ fourth title since 2003.
Japanese right-hander Toru Murata, a minor league free-agent acquisition in 2010, allowed a run on just three hits, while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings.
ELCS MVP Adam Abraham, an outfielder selected in the 13th round of the 2008 draft, went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple.
The Indians won for just the third time when trailing after eight innings, and for the second time in four games. … Cleveland won the season series from Detroit, 10-8, for the first time since 2008. … Tigers catcher Alex Avila left the game in the sixth inning after colliding with first baseman Prince Fielder while chasing a foul pop near the visiting dugout. Avila was down for a while but was helped to his feet and off the field.
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