BALTIMORE: Lonnie Chisenhall hasn’t gotten into a good groove at the plate and has a stint in Triple-A to prove it.
The most difficult task for him has been hitting left-handed pitchers, which is nothing new. Heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, Chisenhall was batting .087 against lefties but in only 23 at-bats. Against righties, he was batting .250.
Asked if he expected Chisenhall to be more than a platoon player, manager Terry Francona said: “I sure hope so. That’s exactly what we want.”
BEING CAREFUL — Zach McAllister isn’t likely to be starting a game for the Tribe anytime soon. The club’s medical staff is being extra careful that his injured finger heals totally before he faces major-league hitters.
“Most likely, we will err on the side of caution,” General Manager Chis Antonetti said in explaining that McAllister probably won’t be activated from the disabled list until after the All-Star Game.
ON THE DOTTED LINE — The Tribe signed right-hander Jordan Milbrath, 18, the club’s 35th-round pick in the June draft out of Augustana College in South Dakota. The club has signed 21 of the 39 players it drafted, including everyone from the first round through the ninth round.
KUDOS — Lake County right-hander Dylan Baker, 21, was named by the Indians as the organization’s Minor League Player of the Week. Baker made one start last week, holding Dayton to two runs and no walks in seven innings in an 11-3 win. For the season, Baker is 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA. He was picked in the fifth round of last year’s draft.
FARM FACTS — Joe Wendle had two doubles and one RBI in Carolina’s 3-2 win over Frederick in Class A. … Ryan Merritt (4-7, 3.79 ERA) pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and no walks, as Lake County lost to Bowling Green 6-2 in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker