CHICAGO: Infielder Lonnie Chisenhall will rejoin the Indians Sunday in Chicago after his wife, Meredith, gave birth to their second child, Cannon, in Cleveland. The Chisenhalls have another son, Cutter.
Justin Sellers was called up from Triple-A Columbus to replace Chisenhall, 25, who is allowed to miss up to three games while on the paternity list.
“The rule in place now is good,” manager Terry Francona said. “Lonnie has our blessing. I would never want somebody to not be there for their baby.”
Sellers, 28, joined the Indians in a March 2 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and hit .450 with three doubles and 3 RBI in 13 spring training games. In six games at Columbus, he batted .158, playing four games at shortstop and two at third base.
Sellers said he was on the way to pick up a rental car so he could drive his wife and baby daughter to the Clippers’ series in Louisville, Ky., when he heard he was headed to Chicago. Thursday marked his first game in the American League.
Sellers received the warmest clubhouse welcome from first baseman Nick Swisher.
“Picking me up off my feet like that and giving me a hug showed he missed me a little bit,” Sellers said. “That makes me feel good, especially from Swish.”
Still pumped — Francona was still buzzing over the spot start of Trevor Bauer, called up from Triple-A Columbus for the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Bauer allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings, striking out eight.
“We didn’t win that game, but organizationally that was a good day for us,” Francona said. “All of a sudden you look down and you’ve got a 24-year-old and he’s throwing about 95 with a hook and a changeup. That’s nice to know. And nobody’s forgotten about Josh (Tomlin, also at Triple-A). That makes the organization look a little deeper.”
— Marla Ridenour