CLEVELAND: Lonnie Chisenhall wishes it was all just a bad dream, but it’s really just been an unfortunate case of deja vu.

Chisenhall played roughly a week into the regular season before his right calf again forced him onto the disabled list with the same injury that derailed his 2017 season. Chisenhall has, on several occasions now, had to endure a setback for an injury that won’t seem to go away.

Chisenhall joked on Saturday that it has all been like a bad case of deja vu. His hope, though, is that some lessons learned will mean the end of this saga.

“Yeah, I feel like I’m not doing the same stuff as last year, but hindsight’s actually helpful here,” Chisenhall said. “I had a few hiccups when I did come back in September. There was a hiccup or two. We’re trying to learn from all that. It’s a weird injury — the muscle it is. You don’t see it a lot in baseball players, so it’s a little more difficult.”

The original timetable on Chisenhall’s injury was four to six weeks, putting his return sometime around mid-May. As of this weekend, he’s been able to play catch and has started hitting off a tee. Chisenhall hopes that by the time he can return, the Cleveland weather will have warmed up a bit. The frigid temperatures the Indians played in during their series in Seattle and then Cleveland didn’t help the situation or his own frustration once the calf began acting up again.

“I’m glad it kind of happened early,” Chisenhall said. “I’ve learned some things about why it continues to bother me. I’ll try to stop it from happening in the future. It was early. Bad weather. It was just a bad series of events. But, frustrating is a very nice word for it.”

Walk the line

One of Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play initiatives this season included the limiting of non-pitching-change mound visits to six per game per team. The hope was to reduce the number of times a pitching coach, catcher or infielder would take time to walk to the mound and speak with the pitcher.

The Indians have yet to run into any issues with the rule change, finding themselves needing a mound visit with none remaining. Having a veteran pitching staff with two established catchers has helped with any communication issues.

“I don’t think it’s been an issue,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I don’t remember a game yet where we’ve really been concerned about it. I didn’t think we would be, and I do think it’s certainly been less trips from the catcher this year. You notice it. Certain teams are probably more aggressive doing that and it just seems like it’s certainly tamed that down.”

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians.