CLEVELAND: The Indians are set to unveil a Frank Robinson statue in Heritage Park beyond the center-field wall prior to Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Robinson’s statue will join those commemorating Bob Feller, Larry Doby and Jim Thome.



Robinson became the first African-American manager in the major leagues in 1975 as player-manager with the Indians. He later served as the Indians’ manager alone in 1977. Due to those feats, Robinson holds a special place in baseball history as one who who helped to integrate the game.



A Hall-of-Fame inductee in 1982, Robinson also boasts a stellar resume as a player, which includes two MVP awards, the Triple Crown in 1966 and 586 home runs, which ranks him 10th all time.



Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s all-time greats and the former home-run king, and Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, will also be on hand for the ceremony.



“We’re looking forward to it,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “As a team, we’ll go out there as a team to watch the ceremony. We’ve had the honor or the pleasure, both, to [be out there for] Thome, Larry Doby. … . It will be an honor to be able to be part of the audience watching him.”



Robinson is perhaps best known for being the first African American manager in the game, which is a monumental note, something that transcends statistics, and with good reason. It has, meanwhile, in a way overshadowed how prolific of a hitter Robinson was during his time as a player.



“You kidding me? He was a force,” Francona said. “When you talk to guys like my dad, [there is] a lot of respect for the way he played the game.”



Outfield shuffle



Lately, the Indians’ outfield hasn’t been a breeding ground for stability, with Michael Brantley, Austin Jackson, Brandon Guyer, Abraham Almonte and Lonnie Chisenhall all either landing on the disabled list or having to sit out for a few days recently due to a slew of injuries.



On Friday, Jackson returned to the active roster, taking Chisenhall’s spot, who was put on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Thursday. Jackson had been out with a hyperextended big toe.



Had the Indians and Cincinnati Reds played on Thursday, the club would have called up relief pitcher Kyle Crockett. But free of that game due to inclement weather and with the bench getting light, Jackson was added instead.



“Having a two-man bench is not a good way to go for very long,” Francona said. “We had five DL’d outfielders. That’s digging pretty deep.”



As for Chisenhall, he and the Indians are still unsure as to how or when something might have happened to contribute to his concussion-like symptoms that he reported to the team on Wednesday. The hope is still that Chisenhall can return to the team when eligible on Monday.