Scary moment in the second inning of last night’s Blue Jays-Indians game, as rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was forced to leave the game after being struck in the cheek by a pitch from right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
Chisenhall was diagnosed with facial contusions and underwent a CT scan at a local hospital, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The 22-year-old missed time last month while playing with Triple-A Columbus after suffering a concussion and whiplash symptoms on a slide into third base, but there are no signs of a concussion at this time. His status will be updated later today.
Chisenhall is hitting .267/.313/.467 over his first 32 plate appearances since being promoted from the minors on June 27. He hit his first major league home run in Wednesday’s win over the Yankees.
The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.
In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.