As the Indians begin a four-game series in Chicago tonight against the White Sox, infielder Lonnie Chisenhall remained in Cleveland with his wife Meredith for the birth of their second son, Cannon, on Thursday.
Infielder Justin Sellers was called up from Triple-A Columbus to replace Chisenhall, who is expected to join the Tribe Sunday, manager Terry Francona said.
A player on the paternity list can miss up to three games.
"The rule in place now is good,"' Francona said. "Lonnie has our blessing. I would never want somebody to not be there for their baby."
Sellers, 28, joined the Indians in a March 2 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and hit .450 with three doubles and 3 RBI in 13 spring training games. In six games at Columbus, he batted .158, playing four games at shortstop and two at third base.
Chisenhall, 25, is hitting .400 (6 for 15) as the Indians part-time third baseman and designated hitter.
The Chisenhalls have another son, Cutter.