Another big shakeup in Cleveland’s infield, as the Indians have demoted starting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A on the heels of doing the same with starting shortstop Jose Ramirez.
Chisenhall had a big first half last season, hitting .332 with a .915 OPS in 79 games to make a lot of people think the former top prospect was finally living up to his potential at age 25. But then he fell apart in the second half, hitting .218, and Chisenhall was even worse to begin this season with a .207 batting average and .585 OPS in 52 games.
Chisenhall is still young enough to get on track with the Indians, but he’s now a career .253 hitter with a .708 OPS in 397 games as a big leaguer and his inability to control the strike zone stands out as holding him back.
Mike Aviles is expected to serve as the Indians’ primary shortstop, leaving call-ups Zach Walters and Giovanny Urshela to split time at third base. And stud prospect Francisco Lindor will continue biding his time playing shortstop at Triple-A.
The hits just keep coming for the Mets, who finally decided to shift Daniel Murphy to third base once it became clear that David Wright isn’t going to return any time soon and have now placed Murphy on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.
Murphy was putting up his usual numbers before the injury, hitting .283 with four homers and a .749 OPS in 55 games split between second base and third base.
Without both Wright and Murphy the Mets are left with Ruben Tejada and Danny Muno in big roles.
Casey McGehee being dropped from the 40-man roster and demoted to Triple-A lasted all of two weeks, as the Giants have recalled the 32-year-old third baseman from the minors.
McGehee hit well at Triple-A, going 15-for-42 (.357) with two homers and three doubles in 10 games, but he was horrendous in 35 games for the Giants on a $4.8 million salary and has hit a combined .245 with a .657 OPS in 464 games since 2011 while also grounding into double plays at an extremely high rate.
Right-hander Jean Machi going on the disabled list with a strained groin is what opened up a roster spot for McGehee’s quick return.