1. Changes may be coming soon (like Tuesday). Third baseman/catcher Carlos Santana may be headed to the seven-day concussion disabled list after taking a foul ball to the mask Sunday in Baltimore. First baseman Nick Swisher may be headed to the 15-day disabled list with two bad knees, hurting his left while trying to beat out a ground ball to third base in the sixth inning Monday. He injured his right rounding first last week in the 13-inning game against Detroit.
2. Before Monday’s game, manager Terry Francona didn’t feel the urgency to activate second baseman Jason Kipnis from the DL. Francona probably does now. Kipnis (right oblique strain) was supposed to fly to Chicago after his final rehab game for Triple-A Columbus Monday night and Francona didn’t want to start him right away. But position players are at a premium, even for a team built on versatility.
3. Jason Giambi at first base? I think not, and Giambi probably does, too. More likely Jesus Aguilar will be with Kipnis on the plane from Columbus.
4. The fall-back, “We’ll see how they are tomorrow,” rarely turns out to be positive, so I’m sorry if I’m not optimistic that Swisher and Santana will avoid missing extended time.
5. Swisher seemed frustrated after the game because he considers this a critical juncture in the season and he wants to be fighting with his teammates. In the back of his mind he also has to be thinking about proving to the Indians he was worth the four-year, $56 million contract they gave him before last season.
6. As big as Lonnie Chisenhall’s error was Monday, pitcher Josh Tomlin tried to take some of the blame. Chisenhall botched what should have been the third out in the third inning and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer two batters later that put the White Sox up 3-1. “I don’t think about that,” Tomlin said of the error. “That’s on me. I need to do a better job of picking Lonnie up right there. Errors happen. That took a tough hop. I need to come back and make a better pitch to Viciedo right there.”
7. It may not harken back to the days Jim Thome was learning how to play third base, but the position looks like the Indians’ black hole, at least defensively. Fifteen of their 53 errors (.283) have come there, with all eight of Chisenhall’s miscues, all six of Santana’s and one by Mike Aviles. I know it’s the hot corner, but those numbers can’t please Francona.
8. Jose Quintana has never lost to the Indians (3-0 with 2.68 ERA in nine appearances, seven starts). “We did a good job getting his pitch count up,” Francona said. “We didn’t have a ton to show for it. But he cuts it, he’s throws a breaking ball, he’s a pretty good pitcher. He may give up a hit per inning, but he always keeps you in the game.” Said Raburn, “He threw strikes. We had some good swings today, we just weren’t able to capitalize.”
9. Michael Brantley extended his team season-high hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single and added another in the eighth.
10. The time to say it’s early may be over, so it seems to mean more now that the Indians are 1-4 at U.S. Cellular Field and 9-17 on the road. After two more games at Chicago, the Indians have 16 road games in June (Texas, Kansas City, Boston, Arizona, Seattle, Los Angeles Dodgers). Texas-Kansas City-Boston is a 10-game road swing.