The Indians made their first significant roster change on Monday, optioning third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A Columbus.
The Indians have had to juggle the roster due to injuries, but the decision to option Chisenhall was the first roster decision based on performance.
The move did not come as a surprise as Chisenhall was hitting just .213 with three homers in 26 games. He also had just three walks compared to 22 strikeouts in 94 at bats. The struggles even carried into his game defensively as he had four errors.
During spring training, Chisenhall hit .400 with four homers and 12 RBI. But the bat did not carry over into the start of the regular season.
Chisenhalls struggles against lefties have also continued, going just 2-for-22 (.091) prior to his demotion. The last straw might have come on Sunday in Detroit when he made a costly throwing error and struggled at the plate.
Bottom line, it was time to make a change. Barring an injury forcing him back into the big league mix...