DETROIT: Lonnie Chisenhall can’t seem to get his batting average above .230, but manager Terry Francona thinks it’s only a matter of time.
“”He just needs to get in a position to let his bat speed work for him,’’ the manager said today. “”The fact that he’s batting eighth takes some of the pressure off. I think he’s a couple of games away from being nice and respectable.’’
Maybe Chisenhall is putting pressure on himself. After waiting a couple of years to win the regular third base job, he finally has it ane might feel the stress of trying to keep it.
“”I hope not,’’ Francona said. “”It’s a lot easier to play when you’re relaxed and confident, but I know you have to get to that point. It’s kind of a chicken and egg thing.’’
As if Chisenhall needed anything else to go wrong, his throwing error in the fourth inning led to an unearned run for the Tigers, who lead 3-2.
Brett Myers, Vinnie Pestano and Lou Marson, all on the disabled list, threw bullpens or played catch Saturday.
“”Everybody came through it fine,’’ Francona said. “”Vinnie might throw a bullpen between games (of a doubleheader) tomorrow.’’