SEATTLE: If his recent slew of errors is bothering Lonnie Chisenhall, the young Indians third baseman isn’t showing it.
“I feel fine,” Chisenhall said. “Third base is a tough position. You’re going to get errors that you don’t have any control over. Some balls are going to hit off your shoulder. Balls are going to hit off your shins. You can’t control a lot of that stuff.”
With a handful of Indians players combining to commit eight errors on the just-completed six-game road trip, Chisenhall isn’t alone when it comes to the blame. But he does lead the pack with half of the miscues in just four games played — one of the reasons the left-hander earned a day off Wednesday during the final game of the tough road trip.
Two of Chisenhall’s errors came in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners Tuesday. The first came in the form of a missed catch in foul ground in the first inning, the second came via an errant throw to first base in the second.
“I’ll just go out there and continue to take my ground balls and get my work in,” the soft-spoken Chisenhall said with a shrug Wednesday morning.
While clearly not pleased with his team’s defensive effort during this forgettable road trip, the Tribe’s skipper isn’t down on Chisenhall.
“Two [were] grounders, one’s a pop-up, one’s a throw — I mean, they’re all different,” said manager Terry Francona, who sat Chisenhall with Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders starting Wednesday. “I think the best way to be a good defender is to just stay ahead of the game and not just react.”
“Our organization thinks this kid is going to be a good player, and I agree. He hasn’t even tapped into what he’s going to be. That’s what’s exciting. There’s some things in there that nobody’s seen yet. When it happens, it’s going to be exciting.”
SUSPENDED — Indians minor-league shortstop Rubiel Martinez was one of two minor-leaguers suspended Wednesday following a violation of baseball’s Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Martinez, who played for the Indians Dominican Summer League team, and New York Yankees minor-league left-handed pitcher Anderson Severino each received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
— Stephanie Storm